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    Following an accusation last July against an ex-Apple engineer, the FBI has arrested a second Apple employee after he allegedly tried to steal self-driving car technology secrets and leave the country. The employee is Jizhong Chen, and according to a CNBC report on Wednesday, the FBI arrested him one day before he was scheduled to leave for China. Apple reportedly began investigating Chen when another employee said he or she witnessed him taking photos in a secretive area. Chen then allowed Apple Global Security to search his laptop, where they found thousands of files relating to Apple...

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    Apple drops 200 staff from Project Titan self-driving car skunkworks

    Apple has let more than 200 employees go from its secretive Project Titan self-driving car operation. CNBC first reported on the move Thursday and an Apple spokesperson acknowledged the cuts in a statement to the news organization. The spokesperson said Apple will refocus on other projects and...

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    VW poaches Apple executive for self-driving car development

    Volkswagen has successfully hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to help lead self-driving technology development. His larger role is direct responsibility for technical development for commercial vehicles, and he will also lead the company's Mobility as a Service initiative, which...

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    Apple hires senior designer from Tesla

    Apple has once again sparked rumors it may be developing more than just self-driving car software. The California-based technology giant has hired Andrew Kim, a former senior designer at Tesla. The Verge reported on Kim's hiring on Monday and said Kim's first day at Apple was last week. Kim's...

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    VW owners can now unlock their car with Apple's Siri

    Volkswagen owners can now tell Apple's Siri to execute a host of commands controlling their cars, including unlock and lock them. The brand announced Monday its Car-Net smartphone integration app has been updated to include Siri functions for Apple users. Users must run iOS 12 to use the handy new...

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    Apple's solution for energy-efficient electric cars may come from cycling

    Apple produces some intriguing patents. Their latest is for a system they call "Peloton" that could platoon self-driving electric cars for better long-range efficiency and energy sharing. The technology company's filing Tuesday with United States Patent and Trademark Office explains a wild way to...

  • Aeva lidar sensor

    Lidar is an essential component of self-driving cars, and a company by the name of Aeva believes it has something breakthrough. The company's lidar system fits in a small box and creates more vivid mapping to help a self-driving car see like never before. The Verge reported Monday that Aeva is the brainchild of two ex-Apple engineers. Neither would admit it, but both reportedly have ties to Apple's Project Titan, what the public knows as Apple's self-driving car program. The new system's claim to fame is its ability to separate objects based on distance, whether an object is moving toward or...

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    Apple developing headlights that highlight road hazards

    Apple has filed to patent another automotive system. This one involves headlights and provides drivers with more information to help keep them safe. Called the "System and Method for Light and Image Projection," the system imagines a few ways to give drivers a better idea of the road ahead by...

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    Apple patented haptic seats and sunroof

    Apple filed to patent more than 2,000 ideas last year, and we'll likely never see many of them reach daylight. But, automobile patents are becoming more common from the technology giant. The most recent patents, both awarded in the last couple of weeks, involve a trick sunroof and haptic-feedback...

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    Apple's self-driving car program sees first traffic accident

    Apple is developing self-driving technology using a fleet of nearly 60 Lexus RX 450h crossover SUVs fitted with various cameras and sensors used to guide the vehicles. One of the vehicles was involved in an accident on August 24, California's DMV confirmed in a traffic accident report, the first...

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    Apple's self-driving car could notify others of its next move

    In an effort to avoid confusion on future roadways, Apple's self-driving car could notify drivers and pedestrians of its next desired action. The Cupertino, California-based technology company was granted a patent for a "system and method for visual communication of an operational status" with the...

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    Apple self-driving car details revealed in case against ex-employee

    Apple has been keen to keep details about its self-driving car project under tight wraps, but a criminal case against an ex-employee has outed some specifics. A criminal complaint filed by Apple against Xiaolang Zhang, the ex-employee, on Monday details a few areas Apple has worked on. According to...

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    Apple knows its Maps application isn't up to snuff, and it's taking the matter seriously with a totally rebuilt app. When Maps first launched, the app used third-party data to provide the basis for the critical "maps" element of Maps, but now, Apple is taking full ownership and building the map data. Tech Crunch reported last Friday that Apple will use first-party data collected by iPhones and new Apple vans to rebuild Maps. It's a route the Cupertino, California-based company almost decided on years ago before handing off responsibilities to partners such as TomTom and OpenStreetMap. Apple...

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    Apple poaches ex-Waymo senior engineer for self-driving car technology

    Apple's Project Titan self-driving car program has stumbled over the past few years, but it may have just received a major boost. The Information reported on Friday that Apple has hired on ex-Waymo senior engineer Jaime Waydo. Waydo, according to the report, was instrumental at Google's Waymo...

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    Apple's CarPlay to support 3rd party navigation apps, here comes Waze

    Apple CarPlay is a fantastic piece of tech that allows a vehicle's infotainment screen to mimic the driver's iPhone's screen, except for one glaring issue: Users can't pull up third-party navigation apps such as Waze. On Monday Apple announced that its latest iOS operating system—iOS...

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    Report: Apple to use VW vans for first self-driving service

    Apple and the Volkswagen Group have reportedly forged a deal that will see VW's Transporter van, the modern version of the iconic Microbus, used by Apple for its first self-driving service. The news was reported on Wednesday by The New York Times which cited people familiar with the project. The...

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    Apple patents navigation system for self-driving cars

    Apple may have let go of building its own self-driving car, but it's deeply invested in autonomous technologies. On Thursday, CNBC reported the technology giant has patented a navigation system for self-driving cars. The system has reportedly been in the works since 2015 and it aims to simplify...

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    Steve Jobs' former BMW Z8 heading to auction

    As if the BMW Z8 wasn't enough of a modern-day collectible with its 4.9-liter 400-horsepower V-8 engine and head-turning design, this particular one has a very significant former owner: Apple's original genius, Steve Jobs. And it's heading to auction where RM Sotheby's expects it to fetch beyond...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins

    Apple in June finally confirmed it had abandoned plans to develop a self-driving car and would instead focus on the self-driving technology itself. We would learn in August of some of the motivations behind the decision, one of which was a lack of focus. This pulled the development team in many directions and ultimately led to the downfall of the so-called iCar. Still falling under the Project Titan heading, Apple’s self-driving program is alive and kicking nevertheless. In fact, thanks to MacCallister Higgins, who runs the startup Voyage which is aiming to develop a self-driving taxi...

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    What happened to Apple's self-driving car? 

    Only a couple years ago, bombshell reports surfaced. Apple, the longtime computer, smartphone, and technology company, was ready to build its very own car. Not just a car, but a self-driving car. Flash-forward to 2017 and things have changed—drastically, at that. Apple has scaled back its car...

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    Apple finally confirms its car plans

    After years of secrecy, Apple has finally divulged some details on its much-hyped car project. In an interview with Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company is developing a self-driving system for cars, putting it in a race with rival tech giants such as Alphabet (Google’s parent)...

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    Apple unveils ways to squash distracted driving in iOS 11; new Maps

    Apple developers worldwide directed their gazes toward WWDC on Monday to hear what would be next for iOS 11 and other Apple operating systems. For drivers, that could mean a new layer of safety to keep eyes off phones and onto the road. Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] announced Monday at its Worldwide...

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    Major bank lists Tesla as top takeover target for Apple

    One could argue that Tesla is viewed as the Apple of the auto industry, even though the financial performance of each company is vastly different. But with the convergence of the auto and tech industries continuing to accelerate, could there be a case for the two companies to be merged? Citigroup...

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    Samsung joins race to develop self-driving car tech just as Apple prototypes are spotted

    Samsung has joined the long list of automakers and tech firms racing to develop self-driving cars and the software that controls them. The Korean conglomerate, along with roughly 20 other firms, was recently granted permission to test self-driving cars on public roads in South Korea. Samsung has...

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