Apple Car Rumors Rise After New Domain Registration
You might not be able to buy an Apple car just yet, but at least an Apple Car website might be in the works.
The WHOIS domain registration site shows that Apple now owns the online domain name www.Apple.Car, fueling speculation that Apple may be developing a self-driving car on tech blogs like MacRumors and 9to5Mac.
The name does not point to a website, nor does Apple.Auto or Apple.Cars, which also appear to have been registered by the tech titan. Apple did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
As the blogs point out, Apple already offers a car-related product, CarPlay, which syncs your iPhone with a car’s built-in display. But the new domain registries also match previous rumors that Apple may be developing self-driving car technology.
In September, the California DMV confirmed a meeting with Apple to review autonomous vehicle regulations in a statement to CNBC. And Elon Musk, CEO of automaker Tesla, said Apple was hiring its former employees.
Granted, the tight-lipped company has given no public indication that a self-driving iCar is imminent, even with everyone from Nissan to Blackberry to VW throwing down the gauntlet as this week’s Consumer Electronics Show winds down. ends up in Las Vegas.