The New York Times reports that the company has relegated research for autonomous vehicles to a software system that will power a self-driving shuttle in between its new spaceship campus and its old offices.
It has emerged that Apple recently embarked on a secretive hiring spree where it promised the new employees that they would embark on the design and production of the company's next big thing.
This is the next step in the evolution of Apple's self-driving technology, according to sources familiar with the project.
Despite rumors being circulated about Project Titan, this was the first time Apple revealed any details about it.
The new test vehicles will probably be commercial vehicles from a partner automaker outfitted with Apple's autonomous system, according to the report.
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Some leading employees wanted to develop a fully autonomous auto, while others were convinced that a semi-autonomous vehicle was more appropriate.
Executive Steve Zadesky was originally in charge of titan and he wanted to build a semi-autonomous vehicle similar to Tesla. Apple is still entering the autonomous vehicle race, but it's nothing like we expected. Employees also reportedly complained of shifting priorities and unrealistic deadlines. Private tests, like the one Apple is doing, often precede trials on public roads, since closed settings are easier for new, unproven self-driving systems to handle and limit the danger to humans and other vehicles. However, there were disagreements on whether CarOS should be programmed using Apple's programming language Swift or with C++. "Project Titan", as the endeavor was known internally, saw Apple engineers looking at cleaner, more pleasing ways to tackle a number of automotive parts that might normally go unaddressed.
"And so autonomy is something that's incredibly exciting for us, but we'll see where it takes us". The aim of the project was to bring out an entirely self-driving auto. We are not really saying in a product point of view what we will do.
Speaking to Bloomberg Television at the start of summer, Cook explained that the technology giant was now completely focused on developing an autonomous system - something he said was "a core technology that we view as very important". In 2015, Apple gave more than 150 shuttle bus drivers a 25 percent increase in hourly wages and improved work conditions. In the documents, an Apple official said the "development platform uses hardware and software to monitor surrounding objects and events". Apple also wanted to integrate sensors into the vehicle so it could deal with the bumps and cones of the existing self-drive vehicles. The individuals, speaking in anonymity, state that the shuttles will transport employees between the company's Silicon Valley offices.