Apple’s Self-Driving Car Is About To Be Tested At A Facility With Armed Guards And No Public Access

Apple Self Driving Car Concept

Following months of continuous rumors, it now appears as though Apple may be testing a self-driving car in secret. According to The Guardian’s Mark Harris, the company has been scouting out private facilities where its autonomous vehicle could run through a battery of tests.

Engineers from Apple’s Special Projects group reportedly met with officials from GoMentum station, a testing ground near San Francisco. That former military ground offers high-end security that would allow the company to test an Apple self-driving vehicle without public prying. GoMentum has been used for the testing of self-driving vehicles from Honda and Mercedes-Benz. The facility is protected by armed guards, making it a very security testing facility.

In obtained documents Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote:

“We would… like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].”

Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority says GoMentum has signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple. “We can’t tell you anything other than they’ve come in and they’re interested,” Iwasaki said to The Guardian.

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While there have been numerous rumors about an Apple self-driving vehicle, this appears to be the first proof that the company is already nearing a testing stage.

Apple has a lot of work ahead of itself. Google has been testing autonomous vehicles for years and other competitors including Uber, are also working on self-driving automobiles.