Apple Pumps the Brakes on Self-Driving Cars

Janie Parker
August 24, 2017

The actual shuttle service, dubbed PAIL (Palo Alto to Infinite Loop), will ferry company personnel between Apple's main campus and other offices around the Palo Alto area.

One of the major crisis was internal disagreements over whether the "Apple Car" should be a fully autonomous vehicle or semi-autonomous similar to Tesla's cars. The shuttle, which has never been reported before, will likely be a commercial vehicle from an automaker and will use it to test the autonomous driving that it develops.

In July 2016, the Special Projects team was reorganized under a new leader, Bob Mansfield. Back in 2014, Apple embarked on the Titan project that was graced by experienced Apple staff, new software engineers and engineers with years of experience in auto making.

Back in April, the California DMV granted Apple permission to test its autonomous system in three Lexus RX540h SUVs on the state's roads, one of which was reportedly spotted out in the wild - but the rumored shuttle service will probably look more like the University of Michigan's MCity shuttle program launching this school year. 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.

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Apple is planning a self-driving shuttle-service that will carry employees between the company's various Silicon Valley offices, the New York Times reported, citing a number of people familiar with Apple's vehicle project, code-named "Titan".

Apple is a relatively recent entrant to the field. The Times said Apple's pivot after years of work on the so-called Project Titan came after complications caused by the sheer size of the self-driving-car project and lack of a clear vision for the end product.

More than 5,000 Apple employees take company buses to commute from home to work and between facilities. "It's a core technology that we view as very important".

In June, Cook spoke about Apple's self-driving plans for the first time. It is specifically seeking out people with autonomous vehicle software experience. But, the other side, with people like Jonathan Ive, Apple's VP for design, wanted to reimagine the entire automobile experience with a fully autonomous auto. There was fierce debate about whether it should be programmed using Swift, Apple's own programming language, or the industry standard, C++. The company's DMV application includes a walkthrough of the Development Platform Specific Training and details about an autonomous-vehicle system called Apple Automated System.

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