These days, more and more companies are trying to get into the business of doing everything.
These days, more and more companies are trying to get into the business of doing everything. Facebook clones and copies every imaginable tool from its competitors so that it can become more than just a social media network. Amazon is not only an e-commerce hub—it's a streaming site, a cloud service, and more.
Apple, of course, is no exception to this trend, and the latest evidence from Cupertino, California indicates that they're about to make another radical leap from their origins in computers. As Business Insider reports, the company has secured a permit to test self-driving cars in Cupertino, suggesting that some sort of pivot to automotive technology is on the way.
It's still unclear whether this means that Apple will be manufacturing entire cars, or just developing the software that enables them to operate autonomously. The company has been mum on further details. All that is known beyond the receipt of the permit is that they'll be using three models of the 2015 Lexus RX450h in their testing.
Unfortunately, it's unlikely that whatever they're working on will come to market soon. In 2016, CEO Tim Cook said of the project, "Do you remember when you were a kid, and Christmas Eve, it was so exciting, you weren't sure what was going to be downstairs? Well, it's going to be Christmas Eve for a while."