Apple has confirmed its plans to develop a self-driving car, in a letter sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Written by Apple’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner, the letter highlights the “potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation” and their “significant societal benefits”.
Kenner also urges the transport regular to promote fair competition when it comes to testing self-driving cars, saying “established manufacturers and new entrants should be treated equally”.
Despite numerous rumours about developing a self-driving car, Apple has never publicly admitted its plans up until now.
“Investing heavily in machine learning”
But commenting on the letter to the NHTSA, an Apple spokesperson says it is “investing heavily in machine learning and autonomous systems”.
In January, Apple also registered various car-related internet domains, including apple.auto and apple.car, according to BBC News.