Apple Inc has finally and officially hinted at the possibility of entering the autonomous vehicle space with a recent regulatory filing made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US. The Cupertino based tech company wrote to NHTSA appealing the US government to remove restrictive sanctions on the controlled testing of autonomous vehicles. The filing which was uncovered by Venturebeat shows Apple’s intentions of building and testing self driving vehicles and the company says that it has already invested heavily in the machine learning and automation space.
Back in February 2015, a report from Business Insider had indicated that Apple's project will “change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money.” Another report from Bloomberg hinted that Apple may be looking to launch electric vehicles by 2020, not necessarily autonomous cars. While such rumours have been circulating the web for a while, there is no set timeline to these plans. However, it is important to note that with this move Apple will be entering an arena where Google has had years of experience. The state of the driverless car industry though still hangs in the balance as governments and regulators argue safety and viability guidelines for the same.
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