Apple to Embark on Electric Car Autonomous Systems

Apple to Embark on Electric Car Autonomous Systems

According to the NYT report citing sources familiar with Apple's "Project Titan", Apple will use an existing commercial vehicle from an automaker and equip it with the autonomous technology that it develops.

In the meantime, Apple is focusing on a self-driving campus shuttle called PAIL - short for "Palo Alto to Infinite Loop".

The first project, according to the New York Times, will be an autonomous shuttle bus at its headquarters codenamed PAIL - which stands for Palo Alto to Infinite Loop (the address of its new spaceship campus). We have information thanks to a New York Times report about what Apple plans to do in this area.

So we have come across many leaks and rumors and as a result we know that Apple has hired "hundreds" of engineers who will build an autonomous vehicle.

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Last year, Apple's plans were reignited when Bob Mansfield took the helm and brought in fresh faces. Apple will no longer work on building a fully contained self-driving vehicle, but will instead work on the underlying technology.

Reportedly, Apple's disjointed visions included spherical wheels, which could improve lateral movement, motorized doors that opened and closed in silence, and an interior lacking a steering wheel or controls of any kind. However, according to interviews with Daisuke Wakabayashi, the Titan has stumbled, and now Apple is pursuing slightly less Herculean goals for its autonomous cars, Titan-lite perhaps? We're sure engineers in Google's Waymo self-driving Chrysler Pacificas and Uber's self-driving Volvo XC90s will be sure to give Apple employees a cheeky wave when they see them. It sounds like a great brainstorming session, but the various ideas would become Project Titan's downfall.

According to the Times, Project Titan was more than a trial-and-error tinkering project. In 2015, Apple gave more than 150 shuttle bus drivers a 25 percent increase in hourly wages and improved work conditions. That apparently included motorized auto doors that operated silently, a flush-fitting LIDAR sensor for more discreet laser range-finding for autonomous systems, and an augmented reality dashboard.