Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed in an interview with the New York Times‘ Sway podcast that the company is actually working towards autonomous cars. The news comes days after the latest rumors that Apple is developing its own electric car, the project for which began in 2014.
“Autonomy itself is a fundamental technology for me,” says Tim Cook. According to him, the car is a robot and there are many things that can be done with an autonomous car. “And we’ll see what Apple does,” he added.
Tim Cook also admits that Apple is researching a number of technologies and products internally, but many of them do not see the light of day. “I’m not saying this one won’t see either,” Cook said succinctly, hinting that Apple is still developing its autonomous car but hasn’t reached a final product, and it’s still unclear what exactly will be on the market.
The head of Apple does not directly answer the question whether they are developing the car itself or just the technology for self-management of such, but recalls that Apple likes to integrate hardware, software and services, finding intersections between them.
As for Tesla, the biggest competitor Apple will have to face when it one day builds its autonomous electric car, Cook says he has never spoken to Elon Musk, but he has a lot of respect for the company he built, and the lead and leadership that Tesla has held for so many years.