Apple signed an agreement with Volkswagen for the transformation of vans driving autonomous
After refusing to collaborate with some major car manufacturers, Apple is know to have signed an agreement with Volkswagen to convert a number of vans T6 Transporter in shuttles to autonomous guide for the employees of the company.
As reported by the New York Times, the team Apple's Project Titan is dedicated to the automated driving is already working with Volkswagen to create a service of shuttles independent of each other.
Apple will use the different T6 Transporter Volkswagen for its pilot program PAIL (Palo Alto to Infinite Loop), a service designed to move employees between the various offices in the Silicon Valley. The company is working with Volkswagen to set up vans T6 with dashboards and special seats, on board computer, electric battery, and automatic driving system.
It will also be a way to test the development of automatic driving system on which Apple is working since several years. At least initially, on each truck there will be a pilot and a co-pilot that will monitor the entire system and will intervene in case of need.
The partnership with Volkswagen marks the end of the speeches sporadic that Apple had held with other luxury car like BMW and Mercedes-Benz in recent years. These speeches were undertaken in the hope of developing a vehicle fully electric autonomous guided.
Previous reports have shown that BMW was reluctant to work with Apple, because a partnership of this type would have meant to share its expertise in manufacturing. The talks between the two companies has lasted for at least two years, and then hang permanently in 2017.
Apple is continuing to invest resources and engineers in its Project Titan, which should be available by 2022.
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