Rumors about Apple’s car plans just got a bit more interesting. The company has officially applied for a permit in California to test autonomous vehicles in that state. This move has set off tons of speculation about Apple’s overall plans for self-driving cars in general.
Officially, Apple has never commented on these plans, but tons of rumors claim that the company has been working for years to develop self-driving cars, under the code name Project Titan. In 2016, there were reports that Apple had abandoned its plans to make its own autonomous vehicle, in favor of making a similar system that could be used by other major car companies. Since that report, other unconfirmed rumors have claimed the company is now looking into augmented reality-based navigation for cars.
Bloomberg reports, via unnamed sources, that Apple will begin testing self-driving vehicle technology on the roads with existing cars sometime “soon”. The permit in California is specifically for Apple’s use of three 2015 Lexus RX450h SUVs, along with six drivers. California regulations require that a human driver be behind the wheel of any self-driving car on the roads. Bloomberg added that Apple will decide the final direction for its self-driving car program by the end of 2017.