Google has bragged about it for months. They have been running tests with their self-driving car, bumped into drivers, have gone the long roads in Silicon Valley for extended journeys, have let users witness the progress of the tiny vehicle and they are still far from an official release.
On the other hand, Apple’s self-driving car will soon become a reality. Or at least this is what we’ve been told. According to recent statements from the Guardian, Apple is building such a vehicle in their secret labs in Silicon Valley and they are presently seeking for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test the new Apple offspring. Quite a good strategy from the part of the tech giant, as while Google took all the press’s attention, Apple stood silently and built the new device with patience, taking into account all the critics Google has yet received when it comes to their self-driving device. The rumored Apple car driving project appears to be more advanced than many have suspected it to be.
Starting with May, a team of engineers from Apple’s secretive Special Project met with another group of officials from GoMentum station, namely a former 2,100 acre naval base that is presently turned into a strong security testing ground for autonomous vehicles. It is clear that Apple’s self-driving car project is now far from being just a rumor, as all the information gathered points to it being quite a reality.
Google’s reaction to the news must be quite a context worth witnessing, as they take their praise from the media only, while their project seems to be delayed from launch.
Back to Apple, things started to take shape in May, as Apple’s senior vice president Jeff Williams called the cars “the ultimate mobile device”, while the company is still in the development stages for the new release and continues to explore many different markets, to target an all-time success.
Tim Cook has been conducting meetings with car executives and hiring experts from large companies such as Mercedes Benz, as The Guardian reported.
According to The Guardian, Apple now has hundreds of engineers silently working on upgraded technologies in an anonymous office building in Sunnyvale, four miles from its main campus in Cupertino. It seems that after long periods of testing, debating, working, assessing and development, Apple has a self-driving car almost ready for the road.
However, opinions vary. According to a recent release from the Verge, the evolutionary step Apple has reached in the process is yet unclear. Teams of engineers are indeed gathered together and look to test the new release but it does not mean that the rumored car is anywhere close to road-ready. Whether we’re facing a bluff or some decent amount of truth, we will certainly see everything with clearer eyes somewhere in the near future.
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