Apple’s DMV talks point to self-driving car ambitions

19 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple did what anyone wanting to use California’s roadways must do: Talk to the DMV.

Apple recently met with officials at California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to talk about self-driving cars, according to a report by The Guardian. In August, Apple’s senior legal counsel, Mike Maletic, met with representatives of the California automotive regulator to review California autonomous vehicle regulations, the paper said. The Guardian caught wind of the meeting from DMV documents, and confirmed with the department’s officials that “the Apple meeting was to review DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.” The California DMV doesn’t exactly have self-driving car regulations, but it’s working to establish guidelines manufacturers to follow before releasing their autonomous cars to the public. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple already had “hundreds of employees” working on it’s autonomous car project, which CEO Tim Cook apparently green-lit a year ago.

Earlier this summer, Apple was reported to be looking for space at a former military base near San Francisco to test a self-driving car as part of its long-rumored “Project Titan” program. The project — dubbed “Titan” — could end up involving as many as 1,000 Apple employees, said the WSJ, citing sources familiar with the project. The Guardian noted that Apple can keep its car under wraps by testing it on private property, but that’s not the same as a test on public roads in real conditions. The story behind the story: When rumors of an Apple car first emerged, it seemed like the company was in the very early stages of envisioning what its self-driving vehicle would be like.

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