It is no secret that Apple is working on an autonomous car of its own. Thanks to a report from Digitimes we now know the status of the project. According to the report, Taiwan based Quanta Computer is supplying Apple with an unknown number of “autonomous driving solutions.”
Quanta has confirmed that it has developed and tested the first autonomous vehicle in the US. It is also mentioned that the vehicle was tested on tracks and this helped establish its ability to design and produce an autonomous driving platform. That apart, Quanta didn’t reveal any other details about the vehicle or the exact way in which it was tested.
“With the test of its autonomous vehicle, Quanta is now able to prove its ability in designing an autonomous driving platform, which is expected to assist the company to obtain more partnerships, said the sources, adding that Quanta is currently one of the suppliers of Google’s and Apple’s autonomous driving solutions.”
Earlier this year Apple acquired Drive.ai, a self-driving vehicle firm. It is worth noting that Drive.ai was going through turbulent times and was on the brink of shutting down. That apart there has been considerable ambiguity on what exactly Apple is doing. Some reports are hinting at an autonomous vehicle while others are suggesting that Apple has been developing an electric vehicle.
Quanta Computers is a major supplier for Apple. The company has been assembling Apple Watch since 2015 and is now considering to stop taking orders as profit concerns loom large. Scaling up autonomous car projects has been very difficult. Despite being a large corporation Apple had laid off 190 employees from self-driving Project Titan. It will be interesting to see how Apple will scale up Project Titan.[via Digitimes, MacRumours]