Apple's Self-Driving Car Is Now A Dinky Self-Driving Bus

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Apple's not alone among tech companies in giving up on making the whole vehicle.

The project's reduced scale aligns more closely with other tech companies that are working on autonomous driving but are steering clear of building cars. With regards to this, he mentioned that they were creating autonomous systems for self-driving cars. The documents also included a copy of the testing process Apple used to certify six drivers who will pilot three modified 2015 Lexus RX450h vehicles.

Apple, known for being a leader in the mobile phone market, has ambitions that were once a secret effort to bring self-driving cars to the masses.

Apple stepped up to regain course in the project past year when it put longtime executive Bob Mansfield, in charge of Titan. Apple executive Steve Zadesky, who was at first in charge of Titan, was more interested on the semi-autonomous alternative, according to the Times. The daily noted that Apple, as always focused on clean designs, wanted to do away with the awkward cone.

Fast forward to June 2017, the same Tim Cook said in a Bloomberg interview that Apple has put off any idea of Apple-branded vehicles and are instead "focusing on autonomous" system.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is scaling back plans to build actual self-driving cars, and will instead focus on creating autonomous systems, NYT reports. Some of the features that the Titan project wanted to address include motorized doors that could open and close without noise, a auto without pedals and steering as well as changing the interior displays of cars.

"We are a self-driving technology company", Waymo's incoming chief executive John Krafcik said. It was also stated that Apple will "change the landscape" and that Tesla employees are "jumping ship" to join them.

Such lofty goals in such a nascent area of technology, along with alleged "arbitrary or unrealistic deadlines" and "shifting priorities", ensnared Apple, according to the employees. However, there were disagreements on whether CarOS should be programmed using Apple's programming language Swift or with C++. Even so, Uber's self-driving technology unit is still hiring, and Uber's board continues to support the project, this person told us. It is specifically seeking out people with autonomous vehicle software experience.

This is similar to how Google's self-driving cars began, by shuttling employees around the Googleplex campus in Mountain View, California. The company hired many industry veterans, including engineers who specialized in building cars.

Apple declined to comment.

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