Project Titan, Apple’s Self-Driving Car rumored to be an electric one.
British Newspaper The Guardian revealed that there are documents which reveals that Apple is working on a Car project named “Project Titan”. According to the reports Apple is building this Self-Driving car in Silicon Valley and is scouting for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test it. Reports reveals that Apple’s is showing interest in GoMentum Station, a 5,000-acre, former navy weapons station in California that features 20 miles of paved roadway, which other companies have used for the testing, validation, and commercialization of connected vehicle (CV) applications and autonomous vehicles (AV) technologies.
“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],” Frank Fearon, an Apple engineer, wrote in the document obtained by the paper. “We are hoping to see a presentation on the … testing grounds with a layout, photos, and a description of how the various areas of the grounds could be used.”
Apple hasn’t still officially verified Project Titan but report tells that Apple has hired hundreds of new employees to explore the venture and even reached out to workers at Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric car company.
However Apple declined to comment on the report when reached by the Guardian, while Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), owner of GoMentum Station, could offer little more information. He said “We had to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Apple, We can’t tell you anything other than they’ve come in and they’re interested.”
Car makers are understandably keeping a close eye on things. Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne told the BBC earlier this year that Apple’s pursuit of the car market would be highly disruptive.
While Apple will certainly have plenty of competition from Nissan, General Motors, Tesla, Honda, and Toyota all have AV projects in the works, also one well-known player says he welcomes the challenge.