Apple is working on their own self-driving car effort, code-named Project Titan.
Serious speculation that Apple might be working on its own self-driving car first surfaced last year. The move would represent a big leap beyond making smartphones and computers. Apple Senior Vice President Jeff Williams has echoed the sentiments of many in the tech industry by calling the automobile "the ultimate mobile device."
Google, which has been testing various prototypes has made the biggest commitment toward building a viable autonomous vehicle and a number of automakers have been doubling down on driver-assist tech that ultimately could take full control from drivers.
In recent months, Apple has been hiring staffers with backgrounds in auto safety and powertrain systems, many of them from Elon Musk's electric car company, Tesla.
British newspaper The Guardian cites correspondence between Apple engineer and officials from GoMentum Station, a former naval base east of San Francisco. The report quotes the engineer as asking for specifics on how the layout of the area could be used to test autonomous cars in a real-world situation.