Apple CEO Tim Cook laughed off Stephen Colbert’s question about the highly secretive self-driving Apple car this week, but reportedly Apple is already meeting with the DMV in California to get their wheels street legal.
According to the Guardian, Apple execs met with the state’s DMV in an “hour-long meeting” on Aug. 17 to discuss plans about their self-driving car, which is being developed under the moniker “Project Titan.”
The Guardian adds that it had previously reported that Apple was looking into getting a “secure car testing site in California to road-test its vehicle,” including considering GoMentum Station, a “2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles.”
Apple would not comment for the Guardian, but the DMV only told the news source that “the Apple meeting was to review [the] DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.”
Everyone’s looking to California’s DMV to set the self-driving car testing guidelines. In fact, the Guardian reports that “10 companies have been issued permits for about 80 autonomous vehicles and more than 300 test drivers. The most recent, Honda and BMW, received their permits last week.”
Any bets on how long it takes until the first lil’ Titan — or iCar — is spotted tooling around Silicon Valley?