The project for the construction of the Apple Car has managed to be kept very secret all this time that it is in progress. The company has been working on Project Titan for many years and faced many difficulties. At one point, in fact, it reportedly stopped, but now it’s back in full swing.
A new post from macReports, which reached out to the California DMV and made public records of autonomous vehicle testing, gives us the latest on the project.
In California, every driver participating in the autonomous technology test must be registered. Every vehicle involved in testing must be registered with the DMV and must have a special license to drive on public roads. Thanks to this, we know that Apple’s autonomous driving has come a long way. The company has increased the number of test drivers to 201, while its fleet of test vehicles remains at 67.
Project Titan evolved into three separate programs over the years. Self-driving technology has gone its own way, with Apple aiming to leverage its hardware and software expertise to develop advanced self-driving technology ahead of its rivals.
The second part that came out of the Titan Project is Apple CarPlay which essentially becomes an operating system for every vehicle. The latest version of the software will be introduced later this year in Acura, Audi, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Polestar, Porsche, Renault and Volvo vehicles. The new CarPlay will be fully integrated with cars and will support all major functions.
The third is, of course, the company car itself.
In terms of safety records, Apple recorded only one minor crash, when the car hit a curb and damaged a wheel. It happened while in manual mode, so the blame falls on the driver.
Source: Techblog by techblog.gr.
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