The number of companies actively involved in the development and testing of software for autonomous vehicles is growing rapidly. Now, after much rumors and gossips, the Apple company has officially appeared on the list.
The code name for the project from the corporation sounds as Project Titan. There were many rumors about this, but officially, Apple did not confirm this data for a long time. The direction of the company’s activity has changed dramatically: now Apple does not plan to release an independent electric vehicle but is going to limit itself to creating software that will allow co-operating with the largest car manufacturers.
Despite the fact that the official permission has already been received, the company does not comment on the timing of the commencement of work. It is known only that only roads of California will be used for testing. The equipment will be installed on three cars. Apple opted for Lexus cars. These will be three SUVs. Also, six trained drivers of autonomous transport were admitted to work.
Apple has experience in working with Lexus, equipped with sensors and cameras, but they have never used a full set of equipment for autonomous driving yet.
California is the most favorable and popular state for research. Training sessions by Uber, General Motors, as well as experimental samples of cars from Google have already passed on the state’s territory.
Despite the fact that many companies are listed as potential testers of these technologies, not all of them actually participated.
It is impossible to say with certainty how far Apple will advance in the implementation of autonomous vehicles. Maybe Apple, as a software manufacturer, will only provide partial support to other companies. It all depends on the test results on real roads.
If everything goes well and Apple decides that they need to continue developing, the software can be used not only on Lexus cars and other well-known brands but also on a car of company’s own production, over which they also work. The final decision is planned for the end of this year. The main goal of the corporation is to develop stable and reliable equipment to minimize accidents on the roads.