For the longest time, Apple’s plans and interest in the automotive space have been something of an open secret. However the company has never really spoken much about it or addressed the rumors that they might be working on a car of their own, at least until now where in a report from Bloomberg, it quotes Apple’s CEO Tim Cook as confirming the company’s plans.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook was quoted as saying, “We’re focusing on autonomous systems, It’s a core technology that we view as very important. We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It’s probably one of the most difficult A.I. projects actually to work on.” Basically it sounds like Apple is working on the technology behind self-driving vehicles, rather than making a car of their own which was what the initial rumors had suggested.

This is pretty much in line with what we have heard, where Apple had apparently scrapped their plans for a self-driving car and decided to focus on the technology behind the car instead. However exactly what Apple plans to do with the technology is really anyone’s guess, and when asked if this could lead to Apple making their own car, Cook said, “We’ll see where it takes us. We’re not really saying from a product point of view what we will do.”

In the meantime Apple’s self-driving cars have recently been spotted on the roads where they have been given approval to test them out in public.

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