Although we have heard little of Apple’s self-driving cars in recent weeks, the company is still working diligently to develop a platform for autonomous driving. AsReportedly, several high-ranking officials from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) met with Apple employees to discuss aspects of the company’s ongoing car program.
A meeting for the future of autonomous vehicles
Documents received from macReports through a public request for information show that at least six DMV officers, including Director Jean Shiomoto, have met with Apple employees. The meeting took place on April 2 at Apple’s One Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino.
Apple has been represented by, among others, Steve Kenner, Director of Product Integrity. Kenner is involved in the autonomous vehicle project of Apple and was in the past often in contact with the officials. So he wrote one in 2016to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in which he proposed a policy update that would allow newcomers to the automotive industry to test their self-driving vehicles on public roads.
What exactly was discussed in Cupertino is unknown. According to the records, the meeting should last two hours, the report suggesting that they had dedicated themselves to autonomous vehicles. Furthermore, the deputy DMV director Bernard Soriano in a follow-up e-mail to Kenner thanked for his time and have commented on a topic that revolves around test drives. It is conceivable that the participants have discussed the further course of test drives and Apple presented on the occasion proposals for the framework conditions.
Apple’s interest in the auto industry has been a hot topic in recent years. Recently, however, it has been reported that Apple has moved away from building a car itself. Rather, the company wants to focus on the development of technologies for automakers.