Apple opts for VW in Silicon Valley
After failing to get its own autonomous driving programme into gear, Apple has now cut a deal with Volkswagen for a self-driving fleet for its employees. That means the company will be deploying VW T6 Transporters for its Palo Alto to Infinite Loop (PAIL) pilot programme to move Apple employees around its Silicon Valley sites.
Apple will customise the expected 24-vehicle-strong PAIL fleet together with VW unit Italdesign so that the T6s will be able to boast custom dashboards and seats, with on-board computers and sensors also likely additions.
The company has been in talks with automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the past few years with the aim of co-developing electric self-driving vehicles. These negotiations, part of Apple’s defunct Project Titan autonomous EV initiative, came to naught, however. It has been reported that Titan employees are working on self-driving camera sensors and software rather than on creating a vehicle from scratch.