Futurists have long written about vehicles that will not need a driver. Today we have a bit of a stand-alone car that knows what’s going on around them. Although none of this type of vehicle has been released for sale (Tesla only offers advanced driver assistant), but the race continues. It is attended by as many as 29 companies. Recently, also Apple has joined to this group.
The gossip about the subject has already appeared in the past year. It was speculated that Apple would produce its own car. Unfortunately, the Cupertino company is not willing to praise about unfinished projects. That is why it is hard to speculate on what Apple is really up to. So far we know that the tests will be conducted on the Lexus RX450h SUVs from 2015. Apple has also registered six drivers who are responsible for taking control of the vehicle when the software fails.
Apple will only provide software for autonomous cars.
It seems that the idea of an Apple car will remain in the fantasies of this company. In my opinion, it is not a good idea for an IT company to consider designing motors or braking systems. And so Apple would have to use external service providers. So a scenario where Cupertino engineers are working on software itself is a good choice. In the end, they know very well how to develop software.
Interesting connection can also be an autonomous car from Apple with CarPlay. I think the Cupertino bosses have such a vision of the future. Users would be able to plan the entire trip using their iPhone and the car would drive us everywhere where we want. On the other hand, every morning we would say: “Hey, Siri. Take me to work”. It would also be a great facility for the visually impaired. Apple is a very popular brand among this group of users because it provides a lot of facilities for them without any additional charge.
Will Apple compete?
Tesla is the leader of this market. Their system already allows for quite large autonomy in good weather conditions. Uber is also very serious about this subject and has been doing road tests for a long time. Other giants of the automotive market (e.g. Volkswagen, Nissan, Ford, Subaru, etc.) also have permissions to start road tests of autonomous vehicles.