Putting more fuel into the relentless rumors of an “Apple Car” (known internally as “Project Titan”), the The information announced this week the possibility of Apple buying the startup Drive.ai focused, see s, in autonomous cars.
Drive.ai was conceived in 2015 within the Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the work of a group of PhD undergraduates and students. It already operates services with self-guided vehicles in Arlington, Texas.
O The information says Drive.ai began a search for potential buyers in February, but negotiations with Apple would be tending towards a Acqui-hire That is, a massive hiring of engineers rather than the actual purchase of the company. Two years ago, Drive.ai was valued at $ 200 million.
Contacted, Apple simply replied that it does not comment on rumors or speculation. That is, none of that traditional statement of when it only confirms the acquisition of companies.
A few weeks ago, reports emerged that Apple had tried to buy Tesla in 2013. Last February, on the other hand, the company confirmed 190 layoffs of its autonomous car project. No one knows exactly where the thing is.