The free program relied on Drive. ai’s new app, which allowed its users to hail a ride in one of Drive. ai’s self-driving vans. Drive. ai’s vans were a little different than the ones with Waymo livery, including box-shaped outcroppings on each side that let people around the vehicle know what’s going on, whether it’s idling at a crosswalk as someone passes or parked on the side of the road waiting on a customer. Drive. ai engineered its pilot program with the help of Frisco’s local transit authority, spending a great deal of time preparing the cars themselves.
Roadshow Apple acquires self-driving startup Drive. iPhone maker has acquired the startup’s assets and hired many of its engineers. Drive. ai hit the streets of Arlington, Texas, last year. 652"}’>Apple has acquired autonomous driving startup Drive. ai in an effort to bolster its self-driving car ambitions.
The Mountain View, California-based company launched in 2015, developing a retrofit kit to add autonomous driving systems to existing cars. Last July, Drive. ai launched its first self-driving shuttle service in Frisco, Texas.
The iPhone maker has hired dozens of Drive. ai’s engineers and taken possession of the company’s cars and other acquisitions as part of the deal, Apple said Wednesday, confirming an Axios report.
iPhone maker has acquired the startup's assets and hired many of its engineers.https://t.co/LkqyCPPI9u— CNET News (@CNETNews) June 26, 2019