Apple has registered three car-related domain names, adding fuel to the fire of speculation the technology giant is poised to reveal a driverless car or it could just be a site for the Android Auto competitor, Apple CarPlay.
The registered trio of auto-related toplevel domain names includes apple.car, apple.cars and apple.auto, updated on January 8 show that Apple registered the domains through sponsoring registrar MarkMonitor Inc. in December 2015, although the addresses are not yet active.
The website MacRumors had first reported the news on Friday, but said the domain names could be related to Apple CarPlay, that lets drivers access contacts on their iPhones, make calls or listen to voicemails without taking their hands off the steering wheel.
There is growing evidence that Apple is at least exploring the auto industry, including the iPhone maker’s discussions with a secure Bay Area testing facility for connected and autonomous vehicles and the company’s August meeting with the California DMV to review self-driving vehicle regulations.
The Chief executive of Apple Tim Cook, who took over the reigns of the company following Jobs’ death in 2011, recently told the car industry to expect “massive change”, adding speculation the company’s long-rumoured Apple car could be nearer than previously expected.
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