Apple Reportedly Met With California DMV Officials To Hash Out Self-Driving Car

We already know that Google is invested in autonomous vehicles, but what about Apple? It was reported this past summer that Apple's Special Project group met with officials at GoMentum Station, a 2,100 acre former navel base in San Francisco thought to now be a secure testing ground for new vehicles. Now word is spreading that Apple executives recently shared plans for a self-driving car with officials from California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Both reports originate from The Guardian with this latest one based on documents obtained by one of its staffers. According to said documents, one of Apple's senior legal counsels met with several key individuals working at the DMV, two of which are co-sponsors of California's autonomous vehicle project.

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Apple has and continues to be mum on any self-driving vehicle plans it might have, though the DMV did confirm with The Guardian that its meeting with Apple "was to review [the] DMV's autonomous vehicle regulations." That might be the strongest hint yet that Apple is cooking something up.

The rub for Apple is that if it applies for and is granted a testing permit for its Project Titan, the codename for the self-driving car it's reportedly working on, it will no longer be a secret project. These types of permits requires a lot of information, including the make and model of the vehicle, autonomous features, and even the names of test drivers.

Then again, the fact that Apple is talking to the DMV could suggest that it's close to making an announcement.