Latest rumors in the self-driving car segment of the automotive industry reveal ambitious plans by electronics giant Apple Inc. While these rumors have long been a staple for the automotive industry, recent activities suggest a strong inclination from Apple towards this field.
DMV Listings Point to Apple Initiative
Apple has recently acquired a permit to test autonomous cars, according to the website maintained by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. This is big news for the company, as now that they have a permit, Apple can take the leap of faith into becoming competitive in one of the biggest upcoming markets in the world. According to the DMV, Apple has been given permission to test three autonomously driven vehicles within the state of California.
Automotive industry experts are optimistic about the quality with which Apple can potentially roll out their autonomous cars or devices and software, pointing to an imminent entry by the electronics giant into the automotive industry.
Fierce Competition Ahead
The would-be competitor in the market for autonomous cars is expected to face companies that are already in the development phase of autonomous systems. Not only that, but some of the challengers are well on their way to build electrically powered autonomous cars, promised to hit the production lines by 2020. Meanwhile, it is still far too early to gage whether Apple is going to be a strong contender in the market, with respect to their own self-driving software. Spokespersons from Apple have so far declined to comment directly in regards to the DMV filing. They have, however, indicated at the statement Apple made in November 2016, to the U.S. NHTSA, regarding the regulation of self-driving cars.
At the same time, there is a tremendous number of promising startups that are fighting for a place in the autonomous cars markets. Several players are also on the verge of releasing open-source software for the same, such as Udacity, Inc. The company was co-founded by one of the developers in a self-driving automotive initiative formed by Google, and it offers training to anyone who wants to be a part of incoming wave of self-driving car engineers.