Apple has its sights set on self-driving cars, but what that actually becomes for public consumption remains to be seen.
Apple has reportedly removed over 200 employees from its ‘Project Titan’ team which is responsible for its autonomous car group.
Rumors about the demise of Apple’s dreams of launching an actual car may have been greatly exaggerated.
Apple has been developing its proprietary chipsets, the A-series, for quite some time for iPhones and iPads, and the rumor mill has long speculated that Apple would be moving to adopt that same idea for its Mac lineup as well.
Earlier this month, it was reported that, following a brief stint at Tesla, Doug Field had rejoined the Apple ranks.
Back in 2013, Doug Field left Apple to join Tesla. Back then, he was the Hardware Vice President at Apple and jumped to Tesla to lead its vehicle engineering efforts. More recently, he oversaw the Model 3 production Now, after almost a five-year stint at Tesla, Doug is back at Apple.
Apple’s Project Titan used to be the talk of the town not too long ago, but it has since died down out of the rumor mill’s routine.
As is par for the course with most things, Apple isn’t typically first in a single category, but it uses that time to improve on key areas as it works towards cashing, and surpassing, the competition.
Apple’s ambitions in the self-driving car segment is pretty well known to us. A group of Apple scientists have now published a research paper on autonomous car tech that talks about judging obstacles on the path using just LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and no cameras.
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.