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Apple purchases failing self-driving car technology firm
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30th Jun 2019
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Apple purchases failing self-driving car technology firm

Apple has confirmed it has purchased Drive.ai, a startup focussed on developing autonomous vehicle technology. According to Associated Press, Drive.ai filed a submission to California's labour regulator indicating it intended to close its doors by the end of last week and fire its 90 staff members. It's not known if Apple's purchase means some or all of Drive.ai's staff will retain their jobs. The purchase price has also not been disclosed.
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Derek Fung
Volkswagen adds Siri integration to Car-Net app
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15th Nov 2018
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Volkswagen adds Siri integration to Car-Net app

Volkswagen has added Siri capability to its Car-Net smartphone application, allowing owners to use their voice for functions like locking, unlocking and honking the horn. Owners need to be running iOS12 on their device, and can then just say things like "Hey Siri, lock my car" to make the Car-Net integration work. Along with the iPhone, you're able to control your car using an Apple Watch, for a proper Get Smart vibe in your Volkswagen.
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Scott Collie
Apple reports first self-driving crash in California
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4th Sep 2018
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Apple reports first self-driving crash in California

An Apple self-driving prototype has been rear-ended on a Silicon Valley expressway, revealing the technology company is still working on autonomous vehicles. According to a report by Automotive News, filings in a criminal case have confirmed Apple has at least 5000 employees working on its self-driving project. This latest prang seems to give credence to the idea the iPhone could be sold alongside a car, confirming the company moving forward with real-world tests.
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Scott Collie
Apple asks California to withhold autonomous testing information from public
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2nd May 2017
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Apple asks California to withhold autonomous testing information from public

Technology giant Apple has submitted a request to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) asking that less information about autonomous vehicle testing being included in publicly-accessible reports - according to online blog MacRumours. Currently, it's a requirement for companies like Apple to publicly share details of its driverless vehicle testing processes, which goes against the company's usual process of keeping software and hardware developments a secret prior to release.
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James Wong
Apple finally reveals autonomous vehicle intentions
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5th Dec 2016
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Apple finally reveals autonomous vehicle intentions

American technology giant Apple has at last confirmed its plans to become a player in the coming autonomous vehicle market, in a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - although the extent of its plans remains unclear. Dated November 22, 2016, the document mentions areas where Apple is developing technologies and systems that could contribute to autonomous vehicles.
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James Wong