As per recent rumors, we can anticipate that Apple is preparing to get into the car business by 2019. Before then, it shows the company is doing what it can to prevent go-getters from wrecking its plans. Recently, Apple Inc. has obtained a pack of web domains related to the auto industry, including apple.cars, apple.car and apple.auto, adding fuel to the fire of speculation.
The web domains were registered in WHOIS records updated on January 8th through sponsoring registrar MarkMonitor with Apple Inc.’s Cupertino, California contact information listed as the administrator name. MarkMonitor is a company dedicated to helping brands protect corporate trademarks online.
Apple has been long rumored to be taking a shot at an electric, and conceivably a self-driving, car and has contracted a few specialists from the auto industry over the previous year. The company reportedly got a team of hundreds working on an electric car, which could give Elon Musk and co. some exceptionally welcome rivalry.
The hidden car effort is reportedly called Project Titan. In August, Apple delegates met with authorities from the California DMV to examine autonomous car regulations.
The company has made a series of high-profile hires from the automotive industry, including Megan McClain, a former Volkswagen engineer with expertise in automated driving, and Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, a hub of automated driving research.
However, the enlistment of the domain doesn’t affirm the presence of the Apple Car in the future. Apple as of now offers its CarPlay technology to vehicle producers to integrate its iPhone software and services into cars. Yet these mass registration will likewise stop others from using them who intend to confuse customers.