You might have heard that the world’s most renowned smartphone company had been cooking up something under its fleet to lead towards the automotive world. Yeah! You are right, we are talking about Apple, which was earlier reported for spending billions of dollars as well as in talk with many automobile giants on its secretive car project, is now appeared to leave the idea of making its own self-drive car . According to people familiar with the project, “Apple has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car.”
“Hundreds of members of the car team, which comprises about 1,000 people, have been reassigned, let go, or have left of their own volition in recent months, according to the people,” asking to remain anonymous because the moves aren’t public. Furthermore, it is reported that the company is rethinking on building an autonomous driving system and whoever is left behind from the team will be a part of this plan. Meanwhile, it has also come forth with a condition under which the team will have to prove the feasibility of such driving system till late next year and decide on a final direction.
Well, Apple isn’t the only one who is trying to get its hands on its own design self driving car, Google has also been embarking many ideas for bringing its own self driving technology for years. It goes without saying that building an autonomous vehicle technology as of Tesla is not an easy task for a firm like Google or Apple that are well known search engines or smartphone makers respectively (or Vice Versa) even it takes more than a decade until everything is perfect.
Separately, a list of automobile manufacturers like Ford, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors are also trying to put several autonomous cars on the road in coming years. Besides, firms like BMW and Toyota are expecting their self driving cars in the market by end of this decade thereby also joined hands with Silicon Valley-based technology startup, Nauto, which is well recognized for its own artificial intelligence system.
Recently, Uber had introduced its self-driving pilot program under a fleet of Ford Fusions in Pittsburgh that started picking up Uber Riders who were selected to participate in a test program and marked its presence for such technology.