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Shira Ovide

Apple’s Silence Hurts Efforts to Take Drivers Out of Cars

Emerging technologies need an open debate and a relatively transparent process.

Apple has been about as communicative as this group.

Apple has been about as communicative as this group.

Photographer: Kien Hong Le/Bloomberg

It should be obvious that a car is not a smartphone. Apple Inc. is acting as if they’re the same. 

It’s no secret that Apple is working on self-driving vehicle technology. Apple is among dozens of companies that have California permits to test autonomous cars on public roads. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, in his way, acknowledged the driverless transportation project in a 2017 Bloomberg Television interview. News outlets regularly report on the ups and downs of this initiative. The company this week confirmed earlier reports that it had acquired autonomous vehicle startup Drive.ai.