Apple’s self-driving electric car, codenamed Project Titan, is moving ahead more quickly than originally believed according to a new report from The Guardian. The site claims that documents it has obtained regarding the project indicate that Apple is currently seeking out a secure location to test its vehicle. This development follows our reporting earlier this year profiling numerous auto industry hires Apple has working on the project.
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As noted by The Guardian, Apple has expressed interest in using GoMentum Station for testing purposes. The 2,100-acre facility was once a naval base, but has since been converted into a testing location for self-driving cars.
In correspondence obtained by the Guardian under a public records act request, Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote: “We would… like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].”
Lending further credence to this claim is a statement by GoMentum Station director Randy Iwasaki, who says Apple is interested in using the facility but couldn’t say any more due to a nondisclosure agreement he had signed with the company.
Apple is said to be working with BMW on the Titan project, and operating the entire endeavour under a shell company called SixtyEight Research. Previously the electronics company was sued for allegedly poaching employees from electric car battery maker A123 Systems.