Apple’s Tim Cook confirms self-driving car plans

Apple’s chief executive has confirmed it is developing a self-driving car system.
But Tim Cook pointed to/showed that it is too soon to say whether it would license the tech toother carmakers or try to build its own vehicles.
His interview with the Bloomberg news (service business/government unit/power/functioning)cooperated with/produced/gave up his most described/explained comments about the project todate.
Until now, Apple had avoided publicly discussing its plans, although it had confirmed the big plan/layout/dishonest plan in US filings.
There had also been leaked details of a change in leadership of the car team, with (person with lots of experience/person who served in the military) hardware specialist Bob Mansfieldreportedly put in charge last year, as well as images of test vehicles being published on (story that may or may not be true) places/locations.
We‘re focusing on self-ruling systems and clearly one purpose of self-ruling systems is self-driving cars there are others,” Mr Cook told Bloomberg.
And we sort of see it as the the mother of all AI [artificial intelligence] projects.
It‘s probably one of the hardest AI projects to work on.
We‘ll see where it takes us. We‘re not saying from a product point of view where it will take us, but we are being plain/honest/easy that it‘s a core technology that we view as very important.”
He added that the rise of AI, electric vehicles and ride-sharing presented an opportunity.
There is a major disruption standing near and threatening,” he said.
You‘ve got kind of three vectors of change happening generally in the same timeframe.”
Apple invested $1bn ((British pounds)785m) in China‘s ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing last year.
The (book, magazine, etc.) of the interview happens at the same time as an announcement byGeneral Motors that it has completed production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt cars at afactory in Michigan.
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President Trump was shown one of General Motorsself-driving cars earlier this year
It intends to start testing them in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, along with the ride-hailing firm Lyft next month,
Jaguar Land Wanderer also showed/told about plans this week to test self-driving cars with Lyft inthe future.
Meanwhile, Audi has begun teasing a July show of a new car the A8 that will introduce partly self-ruling features of its own.
It‘s still very unclear who is going to come out on top in this space,” commented Jim Holder, written opinion director of Autocar magazine.
There has been a period of about five years in which car companies and tech companies havebeen dancing around each other being very aware (and a little nervous) of the other‘s (desires to do things/reasons to do things).
Now it looks like they have (understood/made real/achieved) they have to get into bed togetherto succeed.
Apple appears not to have a (desire to eat/desire for something) to get into the carmakingbusiness, which is in a very well-known way low (how much money is being made) and highinvestment. But it can succeed by being a supplier and doing what it does best, which is workingto seven-month cycles, while the car industry is more used to working on a seven-year cycle toproduce a vehicle.”


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