Over the weekend, an eagle eyed Silicon Valley resident spotted and filmed a mystery van, believed to belong to Apple, roaming the streets not too far from the company’s HQ.
The video (above) of a Dodge Grand Caravan — a Chrysler Grand Voyager with a crosshair grille — making a u-turn was submitted to MacRumors by reader Jonathan Shiu. Shiu filmed the people mover on Clemo Avenue from Juana Briones Park, an site roughly 16 kilometres north-west of Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
It’s believed that the van seen in the video is one of several Dodge Caravans loaned out to the consumer technology giant.
As we reported yesterday, Apple is believed to have setup a top-secret automotive project.
Sources who have spoken to The Wall Street Journal indicate that the maker of the iPhone and iPad is working on an electric car. Newswire Reuters understands that the company has begun reaching out to automotive suppliers regarding technology required for self-driving vehicles.
Some have jumped on this video, as well as well as earlier photographed sightings of similar vans, as confirmation that Apple is indeed working on an autonomous vehicle.
Another, slightly duller, explanation is that the Cupertino company is investigating or has begun work on a Street View-style feature for Apple Maps.
Street View was introduced to Google Maps and Google Earth back in 2007, and provides users with panoramic views of many streets in the developed world. Imaging data is collected by a fleet of Google vehicles equipped with an array of cameras, GPS equipment, laser scanners and vehicle tracking gear.