【乔布斯遗愿提上日程：苹果开始开发电动汽车】近日，美国电动汽车公司特斯拉老板Elon Musk向BBC透露，苹果公司组建了一个至少包含1000名工程师的团队开发电动汽车。而2015年时苹果董事会成员Mickey Drexler曾表示，史蒂夫乔布斯生前曾于2011年提出过“造车计划”。
Apple IS making an electric car, claims Elon Musk - and says 'open secret' project has over 1,000 engineers working on it
By MARK PRIGG
Tesla boss Elon Musk has claimed that Apple is developing an electric car - and that the project is an 'open secret'.
He told the BBC it was 'obvious' that the company would try to make a compelling car of its own.
'It's pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it,' he said.
Rumours have swirled for months around Apple's car plans.
Believed to be codenamed Titan, the project is rumoured to have over 1,000 engineers on it.
It follows sightings of mysterious camera-mounted cars registered to Apple in the US last year.
The Wall Street Journal added that hundreds of employees are working on the Titan project and boss Tim Cook approved the project close to a year ago.
However, Elon Musk says he did not see the iPhone-maker as a threat.
'It will expand the industry,' he said.
'Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling electric vehicles, and that would be our goal, while at the same helping other companies to make electric cars as well.'
It comes as the firm revealed some Tesla Motors vehicles can park themselves without a driver inside with a software update beamed to customers over the weekend.
The update also allows a user to summon their vehicle using the car's wireless key fob.
CEO Elon Musk said the parking feature is a 'baby step' toward his eventual goal: Letting drivers summon their self-driving, self-charging cars from anywhere using their phones.
He predicts that in just two years, Tesla's will be able to drive across the country by themselves.
'I actually think, and I might be slightly optimistic on this, within two years you'll be able to summon your car from across the country,' Musk said on a conference call with reporters.
'This is the first little step in that direction.'
For now, though, the system isn't truly autonomous.
'It's more like remote-control parking,' Musk said.
The update also puts new speed limits on Tesla's semi-autonomous autopilot mode and makes several enhancements, including automatically slowing when the car is approaching a curve and keeping the car in its lane even when the lane markings are faded.
To use the self-parking feature owners must line up their Model S sedan or Model X SUV within 33 feet of the space they want it to drive or back into.
They must then stand within 10 feet and direct the car to park itself using the key fob or Tesla's smartphone app.
The car can also exit the spot when the driver summons it. If it's going into a home garage, it can also open and close the garage door.
A Tesla car owner by the name of James Majerus posted video of his Model S 7.1 car self parking to Youtube on Saturday.
In the footage he can be seen pushing a button on a small remote. The car then begins to roll into the driveway until it makes its way into the garage.
Tesla says the system is helpful for tight parking spots, but cautions that it should only be used on private property since it can't detect every potential obstacle. The car could hit bikes hanging from a garage ceiling, for example.
The software update also puts new speed limits on Tesla's semi-autonomous mode.
The car will now only drive at or slightly above the speed limit when the Autopilot mode is being used on residential roads and on roads without a center divider. If the car enters such an area in Autopilot mode, it will automatically slow down.
Musk said he's not aware of any accidents caused when a Tesla was driving in Autopilot mode, but he thinks the change won't be a problem for owners.
'On roads without a center divider, where there's potential for a more serious collision, it makes sense not to go more than five miles per hour above the speed limit,' he said.
The updates will go into about 60,000 vehicles, including Model S sedans made after September 2014 and the new Model X SUV.
Tesla isn't the only company working on self driving cars.
Google, General Motors Co., and Ford Motor Co.are also working on the endeavor, according to Bloomberg.
General Motors said that week that they will invest $500 million in the ride-sharing company Lyft to work with the company on developing self driving vehicles.