Apple’s self-driving electric car could be ready for tests: Report
It’s not hidden from anyone that Apple wants to do a Google and develop its own self-driving electric car. Apple is rumored to be working secretly on its robotic car, codenamed Project Titan for quite some time now. According to reports, the project was approved by CEO Tim Cook in 2014 with company Vice President Steve Zadesky as its project in-charge. In a recent document revelation made through public records act request conducted by The Guardian; the rumored Apple car is almost ready and Apple has been looking for a safe locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test it.
According to reports, Apple executives met officials from GoMentum Station in May this year to discuss possibilities of using the former naval base close to San Francisco for testing their self-driving electric car.
The GoMentum Station has 20 miles of paved highways, railway crossings and streets closed to public entry and guarded by the military. The arena is presently being transformed into a testing facility for autonomous cars, and owing to its size and security, GoMentum Station, according to officials, is the largest secure test place in the world for ‘testing validation and commercialization of autonomous vehicles and connected vehicles.’
Reportedly, Apple engineer Frank Fearson made email conversations with GoMentum – in his email Fearson inquires:
We would… like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].
In another email, GoMentum official has delayed a tour of the base, he wrote,
We would still like to meet in order to keep everything moving and to meet your testing schedule.
The email conversation does point in a direction that Apple is looking to use GoMentum Station. But Apple hasn’t confirmed that it will be using the facility for testing its car.
It is reported that Apple is working on its robotic electric car at its Sunnyvale facility in California. The facility is about four miles from Apple’s Cupertino office. All secrets well maintained as of now!
Source: The Guardian