Apple eyes proving grounds for self-driving car, report says
Apple is considering using a former military base north-east of San Fran as a large-protection proving ground for autonomous vehicles it's building, based on an internet report by British paper The Guardian.
Technologists in the technology giant's Specific Projects group happen to be in connection with representatives of GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre facility on the website of what used to be the Concord Naval Weapons Station, in Concord, Calif.
Correspondence received by The Guardian through public information requests reveals Apple is considering utilizing the sprawled sites, which includes more than 20 miles of paved roads, town streets, railroad crossings and tunnels, to examine self-driving automobiles.
Both Honda and Mercedes Benz happen to be using GoMentum Station for screening their particular sovereign automobiles.
News of Apple's curiosity in the previous base is the most recent peek into Apple's secret sovereign-auto application. The manufacturer of iPhones and MacBooks had said little publicly about its car-improvement initiatives, but recently it's employed some well known executives from auto makers.
Included in these are Doug Betts, the previous head of international quality at Fiat-Chrysler Vehicles who joined Apple this summer. Before this year Johann Jungwrith bound to Apple from Mercedes Benz's Silicon Valley study center.
During the Second World War, the Concord Naval Weapons Station was where munitions were loaded onto ships bound for the Pacific Theater. It was decommissioned in 2005. But its 20 miles of criss-crossing routes has caused it to be a hot bed for sovereign-car testing. The facility is run by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and promoted as GoMentum Station.
Based on The Guardian, Apple officers satisfied with GoMentum associates in-May.
In a letter, an Apple engineer wrote the firm would "like to get an knowledge of time and accessibility for the the area, and exactly how we might have to organize around other parties who'd be using" the former foundation.
"We're expecting to view a demonstration on the ... screening grounds using a layout, pictures, as well as a description of the way the various aspects of the property may be utilized," the engineer stated.
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