Apple (AAPL -0.7%) is preparing to test self-driving cars at an old Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) testing ground in the Arizona desert near Phoenix, sources tip Jalopnik. The company is said to be recruiting engineers and technicians to the site.
Interestingly, Waymo and Uber (Private:UBER) are already running self-driving tests in the Phoenix region.
As part of its newly-forming autonomous/EV car strategy, Apple published a paper last week in the scientific journal arXiv (read here .pdf) on software approaches to LIDAR.
Outside of the tech sector, the development on the software side of the self-driving car business is of close interest to manufacturers such as Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA).
Self-driving cars and the technology is becoming more plentiful, but the jury is out on how the consumer and regulators will respond.