Autonomous car: Apple gets hold of Drive.ai
American computer giant, Apple, has confirmed its purchase of the Californian start-up Drive.ai. This acquisition anchors the idea that Apple is working on vehicle driving systems and self-driving technology development rather than a stand-alone car.
Without giving any information on the purchasing price, Silicon Valley giant Apple confirmed its purchase of Drive.ai. Created back in 2015 by Stanford University researchers, the Californian start-up has developed artificial intelligence systems dedicated to automotive self-driving.
With this purchase, Apple takes Drive.ai out of a steep pass. Despite raising 77 million dollars since its creation and having been supported by the chauffeur taxi company, Grab, the Californian start-up was in trouble.
Last year, Drive.ai experimented with autonomous minivans. They transported passengers in and around the city of Frisco, near Dallas. Tests have also been conducted in the Texas city of Arlington. Consequently, Apple gets hold of a team of highly qualified engineers and advanced technologies.
Back in 2014, Apple launched a project named Titan. Being discreet as always, the computer company didn’t disclose any info, but we soon learned the project hovered around self-driving technology. For that, Apple got thousands of engineers from Tesla and other major manufacturers.
In 2017, authorization was given to test vehicles in the streets of California. Since then, Apple is running a fleet of around fifty cars. But when Doug Field took over the project, 200 engineers were moved to other projects. Today, the new acquisition anchors the idea that Apple is working on vehicle driving systems and self-driving technology development rather than a stand-alone car.