Apple may be testing driverless cars in Arizona

Data Center Dynamics leaked that Apple plans to invest $2 billion in a massive data center for its global networks in Arizona.

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Online reports are circling saying Apple is the latest tech giant setting up shop in Ariuzona. According to a car-focused website Jalopnik, Apple might be using Chrysler's old proving grounds in Surprise to test driverless technology.

Images from Google Earth taken in 2014 over the large plot of land show remnants of a track used for testing how cars handle the heat.

If you compare that to images taken in September of 2017, you'll notice construction trucks, newly paved roads, small intersections and what appear to be offices. Several online reports find Apple is the company behind all the activity.

Maricopa County records show SFI Grand Vista LLC bought the land. The documents filed in the recorder's office shows a company called Route 14 Investment Partners is leasing that land as of earlier this year.

12 News combed through documents and found the representative for Route 14 signed the lease in Santa Clara County, California, which is also home to Apple's headquarters.

If Apple is in fact testing self-driving technology in Surprise, the tech giant would not be the first to do so in Arizona. Uber is testing driverless cars and Waymo -- Google's self-driving car project -- has autonomous cars navigating roads without a safety driver.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg earlier this year that the company isn't looking to make an Apple-branded car. Instead, they're focusing on the technology that allows a car to drive itself.

Apple has not responded to 12 News' requests for comment.

 

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