We know that Apple is still keen on autonomous movement because it has just bought Drive.ai, a startup that8217;s been running pilot programs of autonomous vehicles in Texas.
Apple is no stranger to acquisitions, of course 8211; from Shazam to Beats to Siri 8211; and often makes moves for companies it sees as having potential.
The move means Apple has recruited 8220;dozens of Drive.ai engineers8221; according to Axios. The site also says Drive.ai has ceased its own operations but that Apple now has Drive.ai8217;s fleet of autonomous cars and other assets.
However, there is also a report that Drive.ai also had to make a lot of layoffs in California, so it doesn8217;t appear that all of the workers are moving to Apple. The company has reportedly been trying to sell itself to potential suitors for most of this year.
Apple seems to have been working on some kind of autonomous vehicle for many years and in March it hired Tesla8217;s head of electric powertrains Michael Schwekutsch. This seems to indicate that it intends to launch some kind of electric vehicle in the next few years.