If you had your heart set on an Apple iCar to go with your iPhone and Apple Watch, take a deep breath and prepare to be disappointed. Forbes reported Wednesday the company apparently is more interested in developing apps for self-driving cars than the cars themselves. The California Department of Motor Vehicles granted permits for Apple to test three 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs. Industry analysts say the fact that only three vehicles are involved suggests Apple is focusing on its CarPlay connectivity and infotainment platform, Forbes said. CarPlay already has a significant portion of the vehicle market.
An Uber driver sits in his car near San Francisco International Airport on July 15, 2015. Uber and Volvo will invest a combined 300 million into a joint project to develop self-driving vehicles, the companies announced Thursday. In a statement, the companies said they will equip base vehicles with autonomous driving technology, ultimately moving toward manufacturing self-driving vehicles. Volvo will make the vehicles, while Uber purchases those vehicles and implement its own self-driving tech. "Over one million people die in car accidents every year," said Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a statement.
Billions of dollars are invested, all with the intent that self-driving cars, or autonomous cars, will be the next big thing in the automotive industry. A market exists for autonomous cars, specifically in the realm of business. Delivery vehicles, public transportation, industrial machines, and some personal vehicles are examples of uses where self-driving cars may show up. But there are clear and nearly insurmountable reasons that driverless cars won't replace everyday vehicles. Autonomous technology bases many of its logical decisions on what it can'see' with cameras.
The Smart Center will feature roads and structures intended to replicate the high-speed intersections, rural roads and urban areas normally encountered by drivers. Officials say the project will give researchers and vehicle developers access to the types of driving variables autonomous cars will face in real-life driving situations.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company that discontinued the Saab name last June, debuted its InMotion electric level 5 autonomous car concept at CES Asia that's essentially a modular room on wheels. There aren't even any dashboard controls: Occupants adjust the seating arrangements, lighting and environmental settings with a paired app. A concept for the self-driving living/working space of the future has arrived. With its plastic rhomboid shape and wheel pods, the InMotion looks the part of a forward-looking concept car. Even the windows are intended to operate as displays, maximizing workspace.