While self-driving cars still seem like a tech dream reserved for the distant future, there are some major companies working towards this goal. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the tech conglomerate has been working on designing Artificial Intelligence that would be capable of driving a car without a human operator. Cook explained how the current methods of driving are being interrupted with the ride-sharing companies, electric cars and self-driving technology. The AI technology responsible for these autonomous technologies are to be a focus of Apple’s development in the future.
Although Tim Cook mentioned self-driving cars as a major outlet for autonomous AI systems developed by Apple, he also alluded to other projects and technologies that could be developed in the future. Many companies such as Tesla, Google and even the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. military are making significant investments into the production of self-driving vehicles. Tim Cook’s comments with Bloomberg seem to indicate that Apple is moving in that direction as well.
For decades, Apple has been one of the leading producers of technology in the form of computers, laptops, phones and other handheld devices. However, this new area of focus on autonomous AI systems does not mean Apple is deviating from their normal route. Instead, this suggests that Apple desires to be regarded as a tech company overall rather than only a device company.
The next few years may see Apple extend their ventures into vast areas of technological development. Having already gained a reputable name and loyal customer base, it seems all of Apple’s ventures will be met with great anticipation and excitement. Self-driving cars will undoubtedly rely on copious amounts of high-quality technology. This is something Apple is no stranger to producing time and time again.