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Apple has quietly bought and leased a bunch of buildings and named them after Greek deities, according to a report today in the Silicon Valley Business Journal based on documents filed with city governments.
A lot of the buildings seemingly relate to Apple’s reported plans to build an electric, possibly self-driving, car.
We had already heard about a building in Sunnyvale, California, where neighbors were complaining about “motor noises” emerging late at night.
That building is reportedly code-named “Rhea,” which could be a reference to its reported car project code-named “Titan” – Rhea was one of the Titans in Greek mythology. Building plans include obvious automotive references like a “lube bay” and “wheel balancer,” the Business Journal reports.
Other buildings in the report include:
Medusa, a former manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. Rooms in the building plans are marked for purposes like “eye tracking” and “vision lab.” Magnolia, a former FedEx facility that’s marked to include a giant machine called a “regenerative thermal oxidizer” that can reduce pollution and is used in manufacturing. Zeus, a massive former research facility in San Jose, California, that is slated for an “interim lab” with a handful of researchers. It’s going to be surrounded by a fence that onlookers can’t see through. Athena, which used to be a Maxim chip-making facility. It’s not clear what Apple is going to do with it. Corvinus, a building in Santa Clara, California, slated for unknown “industrial use.”
These facilities are in addition to the new spaceship-like circular office building Apple is building in Cupertino, California, which will be done early next year.