Apple buys self-driving car startup

Stephen Nellis for Reuters:

Apple Inc on Tuesday confirmed that it has acquired self-driving shuttle firm

Technology news website The Information reported earlier this month that the iPhone maker was considering acquiring the firm as a move to bring aboard some of its engineering talent to boost Apple’s own self-driving efforts.

In Silicon Valley, it is common for larger companies to acquire struggling startups primarily to hire their engineers, a move known in the industry as an “acqui-hire.”

MacDailyNews Note: According to’s website, “ uses artificial intelligence to create self-driving transportation solutions that improve the state of mobility today. offers turnkey mobility solutions with self-driving cars for partners and communities, solving for their unique and everyday transportation needs. can scale to new cities and different use cases quickly and successfully, making self-driving a reality for more locations faster.”

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