Apple's Self-Driving Vehicle Project: An Autonomous Campus Shuttle

Apple reportedly working on self-driving employee shuttle for its campuses

In the meantime, the company is focusing on a self-driving campus shuttle, codenamed PAIL - short for "Palo Alto to Infinite Loop".

Its ambitions have been scaled back from a fully autonomous Apple vehicle, to a shuttle bus for staff. With regards to this, he mentioned that they were creating autonomous systems for self-driving cars. Instead of the Apple Car, we're more likely to see an over-glorified Apple Bus.

It's no secret Apple wants to build self-driving auto technology.

Apple's shuttle isn't running just yet, according to this new report, but remains a plan the company intends to put in place.

Apple reportedly working on self-driving employee shuttle for its campuses
Apple scales back car ambitions

Numerous rumors over the years suggested Apple was developing its own self-driving vehicle.

Instead of building its own, Apple has resolved to simply build tech to facilitate autonomy in vehicle makers' machines.

We've heard for some time now that Apple had chose to get out of the game of trying to build an entire self-driving vehicle itself and was instead focusing on the software side of autonomous driving.

Google's project, now spun out into its own company called Waymo, is by many accounts the furthest along in self-driving technology. 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. It was also stated that Apple will "change the landscape" and that Tesla employees are "jumping ship" to join them. "But we are being straightforward that it's a core technology that we view as very important", Cook said during an interview with Bloomberg at the time. Time will tell if Apple will be the one to make that revolution happen. There was fierce debate about whether it should be programmed using Swift, Apple's own programming language, or the industry standard, C++. Apple's recruitment of Dan Dodge, the founder of QNX, Blackberry's (formerly RIM) automotive software division marks a shift in emphasis toward creating software for autonomous vehicles. The new prototype by Apple according to the sources will be ferrying people from one office to the other. What we didn't know were many specifics about what Apple thought it could do if it did build a auto. Apple has grown too big to be operated like a startup, moreover, the company is desperate to create the next big thing, as now, more than 50% of its profit comes from iPhone sales alone, which is in decline.

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