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Saturday, August 29, 2015

GoMentum Station - The Possible Home Of Apple's Project Titan

After months of speculation, initial details about Apple’s electric car project have finally been revealed by The Guardian. Codename ‘Project Titan’, documents say, is ready for a test site. And Apple has already started looking for a place for its brainchild to call home. The location in focus: GoMentum Station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

So what and where exactly is GoMentum Station?

What is GoMentum Station? 

GoMentum Station was a World War-era naval weapons site for many years. Just recently, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) incorporated the site for testing autonomous and connected vehicles. The site has 19 miles of roadways and can mimic a typical city. The location is not open to the public and is guarded by the military even to this day.

Where is it located?

GoMentum Station is located in Concord, CA, about 30 miles from San Francisco. The CCTA, headquartered in Walnut Creek, CA, manages the site and has made provisions for vehicle testing.

Who else uses the site?

Apple will not be the first company to use GoMentum Station for testing. Mercedes-Benz was the first automaker to start testing its own autonomous vehicle prototypes at the site. They were followed by Honda, which has recently tested their Accord RLX there.

What happens next?

According to the report on The Guardian, Apple engineers have only inquired about the site recently. They were interested in knowing the availability of the site and suitable timings based on the other occupants. We are hoping for more details in the coming few months.

Apple’s electric car (whether autonomous or not) is not expected to be unveiled until 2020. Also, U.S. lawmakers have still to finalize guidelines and eventually laws for use of self-driving cars on public roads. The technology is still a few years away from realization.

News source: The Guardian

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