Apple has recently registered several vehicle-related generic top-level domains, fuelling speculation that it could be planning to launch an auto business.
Apple-focused site MacRumors reported that Apple had registered apple.car, apple.cars, and apple.auto. The three domains were registered by the company in December and are recorded on whois.domaintools.com, though none of the sites is yet active.
Why Apple registered the domains remains unclear but the move follows mounting speculation that the iPhone maker has designs on the electric-vehicle market and may also be building autonomous vehicles.
Google's latest activity summary for its driverless vehicles in California and Texas detail how it has adapted its camera and laser sensors for rainy weather. According to Google, it's had to develop mini windscreen wipers for the dome containing the sensors to ensure visibility.
Google notes it has taught its vehicles to drive more cautiously in wet conditions and says, "If it's particularly stormy, our cars automatically pull over and wait until conditions improve."
The company added that it is beginning to collect data in rainy and snowy conditions. It reported no accidents to California's DMV in December.
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