Apple will be getting a fleet of self-driving passenger vans as shuttles for its employees’, and those vehicles will be Volkswagen T6 Transporter vans equipped with Apple’s own self-driving technology. Apple will modify the T6 vans with sensors and on-board computers, among other improvements.
Apple’s PAIL (Palo Alto to Infinite Loop) pilot programme will shuttle Apple employees from one Silicon Valley office to another.
All About Apple’s Self-Driving Project
Apple’s self-driving car initiative kicked off in 2014. The the company initially planning to build its own vehicles from the ground up. However, that didn’t work out so well and Apple made new plans secure partnership with luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Those plans have not worked out well either.
So, the Volkswagen deal is progress, even if it isn’t what Apple wanted to start with.
Yet, it has been reported that Apple has over 50 licensed self-driving cars operational on California roads. This makes Apple’s fleet the second largest fleet in that state. GM has more, but competitors like Tesla, Waymo, Uber, and others have less autonomous cars in California.