Could Apple be creating a self-driving car?
According to sources, technology giant Apple is looking beyond mobile devices to learn how to make a self-driving electric car and is in talks with several automotive suppliers. The California-based maker of phones and computers is exploring how to make an entire vehicle, not just designing its software.
Apple is gathering advice on parts and production methods, focusing on electric and connected-car technologies, while studying the potential for automated driving, a source claimed. Whether it will build and release an electric car or a more evolved autonomous vehicle remains to be seen.
Trying to build an actual car would mark a dramatic shift for the maker of the iPhone and iPad. Apple often researches projects which are then discarded, but has so far mainly stuck to its core expertise in mobile and electronic devices.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Apple had set up a secret lab working on the creation of an Apple-branded electric car, citing people familiar with the matter. The lab was set up late last year, soon after Apple revealed its forthcoming smart watch and latest iPhones, the Financial Times said.
Already, automakers such as Daimler, BMW and Audi have revealed cars that can travel long distances without human intervention, and from the looks of it Apple will have to be added to the that list very soon.