The huge technology company, Apple, could possibly be working on a self-driving car, and are looking for a location to test them, according to reports. It was revealed that engineers met with officials from GoMentum Station in May, to possibly use their testing site. GoMentum is a former navy base that is operated by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and is “the largest secure test facility in the world,” according to their website.
The 5,000-acres area includes 20 miles of paved roads, including overpasses, tunnels and railroad crossings. “It’s got all the infrastructure of a city,” according to Jack Hall, who’s a program manager at GoMentum Station. “There are buildings, streets and intersections, but no people.” The agency is using some of the site as a testing facility for car creators, and technology companies working on automotive technology. They’ve already agreed on a deal with Honda, to test automated vehicle systems.
When asked about their possible involvement with Apple, Hall said, “We don’t know. They haven’t said what they want to test. It could be an iPhone.” It wouldn’t be a surprise if Apple developed a car as there have been multiple reports about the company looking into designs and technology for automobiles.
Apple was even involved in a lawsuit recently, where a Massachusetts company that works on electric car batteries, accused Apple of trying to recruit their engineers. If Apple is really developing their own self-driving car, Google is going to be one of their biggest competitors, as they’ve already invented their own. There is no estimation of when Apple’s automobile would be released, but it seems clear that they are heavily trying to create one.