Apple has swooped in and snapped up self-driving startup company, which was planning on closing down this week.

Self-Driving Startup Drive AI

The Cupertino-based firm has also hired some of’s software and hardware engineers, which will be working on product design and engineering. 4 of the 5 engineers are currently working on Apple special projects, including systems, data and software platforms as stated in their LinkedIn profiles.

Three weeks ago it was rumored that Apple was considering buying Thomas Yih, general counsel at has written that the company will be closing its doors on June 28, but left a window open for possible acquisitions.

Drive AI

Apple’s own self-driving team underwent a series of layoffs this year. There were more than 200 employees released from Project Titan due to “restructuring” reasons. is unique in that it offered kits that could turn regular vehicles into smart cars that could navigate the roads on their own. The startup intended to partner up with Lyft and was valued at $200 million two years ago.


Samantha is a senior news editor at iLounge. She has been covering the technology industry for over five years, writing about Apple, Google, and other major companies. Samantha has also worked as a reporter and editor for several other publications.