CUPERTINO (CBS SF) — An Apple employee says Tesla employees are jumping ship to work at Apple as the company reportedly takes on a project that could shake up the autonomous vehicle field.
After a KPIX 5 report on a mystery van that could be Apple’s entry into driverless vehicle development, a self-claimed Apple employee has told Business Insider that the company is working on a project that will “give Tesla a run for its money.”READ MORE: UPDATE: 15 Injured, 20 Rescued After Fire Erupts Inside San Francisco Tenderloin Apartment Building
The employee told Business Insider “Apple’s latest project is too exciting to pass up.”
A photo posted on the Claycord.com blog showed the Dodge minivan on the streets of Concord. The van appears to be similar to one seen in a YouTube video that claims to be a self-driving vehicle.
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“I wondered why it was down there, it didn’t have any markings on the sides of it or anything. I couldn’t figure out what it was,” said Concord resident Melissa Lewis.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the car is leased to Apple, which is not one of the half-dozen companies issued testing permits for driverless cars.
Technology analyst Rob Enderle said number of cameras on the apparatus leads his to believe it is a self-driving test vehicle, not a mapping car. “Too many cameras,” said Enderle. “It has cameras that are angled down at all four corners of the vehicle.”West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitos in Stockton
Enderle said not having such a permit wouldn’t rule out Apple attempting to develop a driverless vehicle. “It can be a partnership. You know, they have partnerships with a variety of the carmakers,” said Enderle. “Just because they’re leasing the car doesn’t necessarily mean it’s their project.”