We’re learning more about Apple’s mystery van that’s been seen driving around San Francisco.
It turns out the car does have the equipment to be a self-driving car, but it’s probably just used for mapping, according to a Wired report.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The van is definitely registered to Apple
- Apple hired a roboticist from Yale in 2013
- Apple is hiring robotics engineers to work “in a unique development team”
- Dhruv Batra, an assistant professor UVA, said Apple’s van has “the necessary equipment to be a self-driving vehicle”
- Registering the van so clearly to Apple could be an attempt to drum up PR buzz or misdirect the public
- It’s most likely a mapping car to improve Apple Maps
- Apple could just be surveying local roads with the van, and we could be getting way ahead of ourselves