Aside from being the smartphone and other tech gadgets leader, Apple has headlined as one of the active company in the world embarking and investing more on artificial intelligence.
In connection with company’s effort, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook just confirmed that the company has a “large project” involving autonomous systems, but it’s not limited to self-driving cars.
But, Cook declined to elaborate any further on what other applications he had in mind during the company’s earnings call on Tuesday.
As of posting, the rumors that Apple may be building an autonomous system received an update yesterday. During a conference call with investors on Tuesday afternoon, CEO Tim Cook hinted at the work Apple is doing with such systems as well as with artificial intelligence (AI).
“[Autonomous] systems can be used in a variety of ways,” Cook said. “A vehicle is only one, but there are many different areas of it. And I don’t want to go any further with that.”
With the CEO’s words and clues it clearly yet unsure that Apple may be building a vehicle — and even received approval to test one in Californian roads — what’s clear is that it’s developing an autonomous system that could be used in more than just cars.
The news wasn’t a surprise for the tech industry, especially now that Apple has been actively pursuing AI development.
“We are very focused on autonomous systems. “We do have a large project going, and are making a big investment in this. From our point of view, autonomy is sort of the mother of all AI projects,” Cook added.
For years, application of autonomous systems in cars and other machine has been a major focus of various global corporations.
Autonomous vehicles are heralded as the future of safer driving. By eliminating the cause of most major accidents — human error — self-driving cars could save some 40,000 lives each year in the U.S, says some study abroad.