Apple scales back self-driving ambitions, shifts focus to campus shuttle service

Apple reportedly working on self-driving employee shuttle for its campuses

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is scaling back plans to build actual self-driving cars, and will instead focus on creating autonomous systems, NYT reports. This is evidently what will be powering the shuttle, and Apple presumably hopes the software will also find its way into cars designed and built by automotive companies like, well, Mercedes.

Apple's automotive ambitions might finally come to life near its sprawling new headquarters, but we shouldn't expect to see an Apple Car anytime soon. CEO Tim Cook, has said that Apple is now "focusing on autonomous systems". Apple even tried to literally reinvent the wheel by looking spherical wheels that would allow the auto to move laterally.

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out about his company's self-driving vehicle efforts in a Bloomberg interview in June, saying "it's a core technology that we view as very important". They even enlisted the help of BMW to use the i3 as a base model to build the auto.

The self-driving shuttle service will be one of the first real-world tests of that new system, according to the New York Times report, which cites five anonymous people familiar with Project Titan.

Apple even reportedly has an unfinished operating system for cars dubbed CarOS. This service, named PAIL, which stands for Palo Alto to Infinite Loop, will transport employees between the many Apple offices in Silicon Valley.

Yemen: Over 40 killed in Saudi-led airstrikes
The attacks led Saleh to back the Houthis, despite him having fought viciously against the Houthi movement when he was in office. The United States also regularly conducts drone strikes on Yemen which Washington says target Al-Qaeda.

Apple's in-house vehicle team have been working extensively on different projects since "Project Titan" in 2014. Reports earlier in the year suggested Apple had realized the scale of the challenge it was facing, were it to try to develop its own vehicle from scratch, with leaks earlier in the week indicating a "more modest" plan was now underway.

The news from Apple is similar to an announcement made by rival Waymo in 2016. The company hired three former NASA engineers for Project Titan in April, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apple stepped up to regain course in the project past year when it put longtime executive Bob Mansfield, in charge of Titan.

Apple has now received the go-ahead to test its self-driving tech on public roads in California. A self-driving shuttle is in the works and will be installed in the company's complex.

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