Apple Said to be Working on Self-Driving Electric Car

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Feb 14, 2015.

By Maura on Feb 14, 2015 at 12:27 PM
  1. Maura

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    Several rumours have surfaced over the past couple of weeks about the possibility of Apple working on its own self-driving electric car, and now today Reuters has a story that appears to be well-sourced that states that Apple is indeed already in the process of planning the development of a self-driving electric car.

    According to Reuters' source, who is in the automatic industry, Apple is currently learning all about how to develop such a car, and is in talks with experts at car manufacturers and auto suppliers.

    The source says that Apple is learning about making an entire vehicle, not just software or components.

    “They don’t appear to want a lot of help from carmakers,” said the anonymous source.

    At present, Apple is only involved in the very earliest stages of the process, which involves getting as much advice as possible on parts and production techniques. The source says that Apple is not interested in combustion engine technology or conventional manufacturing processes.

    When asked to comment today, an Apple spokesman in London said that they would not comment on “rumours and speculation.”

    Other recent reports have revealed that Apple has made several appointments of prominent people in the auto industry, including Johann Jungwirth, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America.

    So maybe those mysterious black Apple vans that have been seen out and about were really nothing to do about mapping after all?!

    Source: Apple learning to make self-driving car source - Yahoo Finance


Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Feb 14, 2015.

    1. s2mikey
      I can't see me ever getting into a car that drives itself. Just don't like the idea. Probably the same reason I don't fly. I just like to drive and be at the helm when I'm in a vehicle. ;)
    2. BettiBz
      Next they'll be going into space as there seems to be no limit to Apples
    3. BettiBz
    4. Ser Aphim
      Ser Aphim
      If its GPS system is based on iMaps no thank you sir.
    5. BettiBz
      Txs, but no thanks..not into mobile games.
    6. The OB
      The OB
      I suppose it's going to happen, and I suspect sooner than we think...our State government (South Australia) has announced a forward direction plan, within a time span of 15-20 years, to adjust laws and infrastructure to cater for such self-drive electric vehicles, with the State motoring organisation being all for it.. I suppose there will still be a need for verbal input from the driver.
      I'm just in awe of how computers tied to mechanical components in a car could handle (a few off the cuff examples here):
      -- "Oh, there's that street I want to turn into, I wasn't sure about the address to say it, but it's here somewhere on the it is... Oh no! I meant on the left, no, no, don't turn into the traffic.... bummer!
      -- Gee that car in front is doing 107 Km/hr, slow coach! I want to pass, go for it. No, no I know the speed limit is 110 km/hr but ya got to speed up to pass, go, go...oh, hang on there's oncoming traffic... bummer!
      -- Ah there's a nice spot in the supermarket car park. Why are you not going for it automatically? OK well go into it, sheesh! Wait, wait, that lady is swinging into it with that huge Hummer. Sorry I should have said let her have it... bummer!
      -- you can't understand my voice, stiff Cheddar. OK, I'll key in your instructions, so take me there, sheesh!. You don't understand Lithuanian?... bummer.
      While there's still time, I'm now going to enjoy my car even more now with the steering wheel and pedals:)

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    7. s2mikey
      I agree and as I said I just can't see me getting on board with this. Maybe I am a control freak but I prefer to drive the vehicles I'm riding in. Just the way it is. ;)

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