Tim Cook breaks silence on Apple’s vehicle projects, says company is working on autonomous systems


  • Smanny

    Apple’s project Titan was originally going to make autonomous vehicles. However back in October 2016 news leaked that Apple wasn’t going to make the whole car. As a matter of fact hundreds of members of the car team, which comprises about 1,000 people, have been reassigned, let go, or have left of their own volition in recent months, and that was October 2016.

    If someone can come up with a autonomous system that can retrofit into existing vehicles, and at a reasonable price. Then that company could drive autonomous vehicles forward. I just don’t see Apple being the company to do that. Unless they are working on company fleets or trucking first.

    • It’s Me

      Won’t happen with existing vehicles unless the retrofit includes mounting dozens of new cameras and sensors. It would also require new electronics harnesses in most cases. Not sure anyone would want to mount an after-market sensor array on their roof, hood and bumpers nor have their wiring harnesses,drive trains, steering and braking systems replaced. At that point it’s not a retrofit, it’s almost a rebuild.

    • Smanny

      I could see something like retrofitting a fleet of cars or trucks happening if they are all the same. Plus if it’s something like lidar instead of using multiple cameras with other sensors like radar, or other types. Then it would be a little easier. The problem is lidar is still too much money. Tesla doesn’t use lidar. Googles autonomous test vehicles do.

    • ciderrules

      Nobody knows what Apple was or wasn’t planning on doing. Those are all rumors. The only things we know for sure are:

      – Apple has hired a LOT of engineers/staff related specifically to automotive.
      – They have their own fleet of self-driving Lexus SUVs they are currently testing.

      Beyond that we don’t know if Apple is planning on making a vehicle or selling a hardware/software solution to automobile manufacturers or something else entirely.