Project Ti­tan’s fu­tur­is­tic se­crets

Ap­ple’s se­cret car plans – now shelved – have been re­vealed

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Project Ti­tan, Ap­ple’s sup­posed self-driv­ing car scheme, has been the worst-kept se­cret in Sil­i­con

Val­ley. Now, even more de­tails have been leaked, thanks to a New York Times ar­ti­cle.

The piece al­leges that the orig­i­nal aim of Project Ti­tan was to over­haul the idea of what a car should be. So the Ap­ple Car would have spher­i­cal wheels like globes, al­low­ing it to po­ten­tially move side­ways as well as back­wards and for­wards, and a spher­i­cal steer­ing wheel to give more pre­cise con­trol. There would also be mo­torised doors, plus vir­tual or aug­mented re­al­ity fea­tures for the in­te­rior dis­plays. How­ever, a se­ries of dis­agree­ments led to the project stalling. There were ar­gu­ments over what pro­gram­ming lan­guage to use for the car’s soft­ware, and whether the car should be fully or semi-au­ton­o­mous.

These dis­agree­ments led to project leader Steve Zadesky tak­ing a leave of ab­sence, Ap­ple ex­ec­u­tive Bob Mans­field tak­ing over, and many em­ploy­ees be­ing laid off. Un­der Mans­field’s watch, Ap­ple has shifted fo­cus onto au­ton­o­mous soft­ware, and is al­legedly test­ing this in a self­driv­ing bus for Ap­ple em­ploy­ees – but it’s still in­ter­est­ing to think what might have been had Ap­ple’s orig­i­nal ideas come to fruition.

Ap­ple’s plans to rev­o­lu­tionise the car have changed con­sid­er­ably.

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