Apple reportedly acquires self-driving car startup Drive.ai

Drive.aiDrive.ai had a unique approach to the self-driving car industry: Its kit could turn regular cars into autonomous vehicles.
  • Apple has reportedly acquired self-driving car startup Drive.ai, adding engineering talent to its own car efforts.
  • Drive.ai had raised some $US77 million from investors including New Enterprise Associates and Nvidia GPU Ventures.
  • UPDATE: An earlier version of this story cited reports that Drive.ai planned to shut down, after a deal with Apple apparently fell through. This story has been updated to reflect the most recent reports that Apple purchased Drive.ai for an undisclosed sum.
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Apple has acquired self-driving car startup Drive.ai, according to a new report by Axios.

While a purchase price wasn’t disclosed, the company was at one time valued at $US200 million. Axios further reports that “dozens” of Drive.ai engineers have joined Apple following the acquisition, while the company itself recently ceased operations.

The news comes after the Information reported earlier in June that Apple was interested in acquiring Drive.ai – with a particular eye towards bringing on its engineering talent.

Earlier on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle had reported that Drive.ai planned to shut down and lay off 90 employees by the end of June, citing a filing with California state authorities. However, it appears that the filing may have been premature, given news that the Apple acquisition was apparently finalised.

Drive.ai’s product was unique – rather than create self-driving cars from scratch, the company made “kits” to turn regular cars into autonomous vehicles.

Apple, for its part, has been investing heavily in its own automotive ambitions, including working on self-driving car technology.

The company had raised $US77 million in five funding rounds, according to Crunchbase, with investors including New Enterprise Associates and Nvidia GPU Ventures.

A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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