As they are pushing forward with the development of autonomous techs, Apple and Google giants seem to be seeking to expand their self-driving facilities, a report shows.
The tech giants, and now also automakers, are relentless in their quest to achieve their ultimate goals, that of developing the “game-changing” self-driving techs. Therefore, they are massively investing in this direction. According to The Wall Street Journal, the two top Silicon Valley companies are looking to buy some really large sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, as they plan to build new facilities for their autonomous operations. Victor Coleman, chief executive of Hudson Pacific Properties Inc, revealed on the landlord’s quarterly investor call that Google, for example, is seeking for a 400,000 square feet piece of land, while Apple wants a much larger real estate of 800,000 square feet.
Judging by the size of these sites, Apple and Google are likely to plan to expand their R&D and test facilities, rather than building car plants, that tend to be on much larger pieces of land. But they are not lonely in this hunt. “We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space,” he said. If Google’s self-driving intentions are well-known to the public for quite some time, Apple’s car project is still hidden under secrecy, but the news seem to reveal it clearly plans something big.