Apple’s dreams of building its own car may have gone by the wayside at this point, but the company certainly still sees a future in the automotive industry one way or another.
Apple has been rumored to be working on its own autonomous driving systems after abandoning its original plan of a self-driving car. Now, for the first time, the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, has confirmed in an interview that the Cupertino company is indeed working on autonomous driving systems.
Months ago, the rumor mill hinted that Apple had, at least temporarily, abandoned its plans to manufacture an Apple Car.
It is not a secret at this point that Apple is testing some kind of self-driving car software in the state of California.
Earlier this month, a quickly-developing story indicated that Apple had made the necessary moves to start testing self-driving vehicles in the state of California.
It wasn’t too long ago that the major rumor swirling around Apple was that the company was building a car.
One rumor surfaced not too long ago, but continued to pop up on a regular basis, was that Apple was hard at work on building an actual car.
Apple-backed Didi Chuxing will be opening an artificial intelligence lab for self-driving cars in Mountain View, California. While Didi Chuxing has made investments in many regional ride-hailing services in Southeast Asia, this will be its first time expanding officially outside of the Asian continent.
Nvidia and Audi announced at CES 2017 that they are working together on an autonomous vehicle that they are planning to launch by 2020. Both companies have already worked together to develop a concept vehicle based on the Audi Q7 which they showcased at the event. The vehicle managed to navigate around a complex course using neural network and deep learning from Nvidia’s artificial intelligence platform.
At an event in CES today, Faraday Future revealed its autonomous self-driving vehicle the FF 91. The company says that the vehicle will go on sale from 2018, though it will start accepting registrations for it against a refundable $5000 security deposit through its website from this week.