Apple patent confirms car, throws in train and plane as well

A new Apple patent in Switzerland has confirmed the company`s plans to enter the automobile segment - in line with rumours that a secret project might be on to develop an electric car similar to that of Google and Tesla.

Early last month, a series of rumours and reports emerged about Apple`s newly found interest in self driving cars after a battery marker accused it of poaching its key staff, working on a new technology.

Although Apple has no officially confirmed or commented publicly about its automobile plans the Swiss filing could emerge as the first concrete admission.

The filing clearly indicates that it plans to come out with products related to vehicles and then goes on to include not just road transport but also air and sea.

A translation of the filing reads: “vehicles; Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; electronic hardware components for motor vehicles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft; Anti-theft devices; Theft alarms for vehicles; Bicycles; Golf carts; Wheelchairs; Air pumps;Motorcycles; Aftermarket parts (after-market parts) and accessories for the aforesaid goods.“

The application No 51792/201 was filed with the Swiss registry on February 13 through its representatives Baker & McKenzie Zurich

Media reports earlier had Apple had already recruited several hundred staff and code named the project, `Titan` and could be getting the car ready with a possible release date of 2020.

US based battery maker A123 Systems then went on to file a lawsuit against Apple accusing the iPhone maker of poaching its key engineers – five of them – involved with critical development and testing activities.

A123 Systems is involved in developing advanced energy storage for electric-drive vehicles.

Meanwhile, reports also claim that Apple has already started talks with the battery maker to find a out of court settlement.

It is not surprising that Apple which has been making computers, phones and tablets, now plans to deploy its expertise into automobiles.

According to a research by McKinsey & Co, driverless cars could result in massive savings of both time and the number of road accidents.

When driverless cars enter the mainstream it could result in bringing down the number of road accidents by almost 90 per cent in the US alone and save costs (repair and healthcare) to the tune of almost $190 billion.

What`s more, drivers could be able to get an average of 45 to 50 minutes daily, to relax, meditate or do whatever they want rather than get stressed on the road.

Driverless cars could enter the roads as early as this year itself. According to reports, by the end of next year, pilot projects might roll out in at least 30 cities in the US and the UK.
 

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