News has broken today that Apple has leased a 96,000 sq. ft. facility nearby its already functioning “noisy” automotive research facility in Sunnyvale, California.
Satellite View Of New Apple Facility In California
The property is located at 960 Kifer road, 10 minutes from Cupertino. Apple leased an entire seven building campus in Sunnyvale, less than a mile from here. One of the buildings is the one rumored to be the shell company for Apple’s car. Previously, Apple leased an 80,000 sq. ft. building and a 140,000 sq. ft. building on the same road.
Apple leased the property in November, but it was kept private since then. City permits show that Apple plans to use the old Pepsi bottling factory “as is”. It has been vacant since 2013.
The company is expanding rapidly, acquiring various locations including a former FedEx warehouse, former chip fabrication plant, numerous office buildings, and several R&D labs. Apple has also purchased 86 acres in San Jose, that could house a 4.5 million sq. ft. campus.
Apple’s timeline is still unclear, as sources are conflicted on reports. Some reports are insisting that Apple is already meeting with California officials about testing the vehicle (which assumes there is already a vehicle to view and test). Other reports have been pointing at a hiring freeze and a slowing in progress.
It’s interesting to know that years ago, Steve Jobs recruited Pepsi CEO John Sculley. Jobs asked:
“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”
The Apple car will surely be world-changing when it comes to be.
Editor’s Note: This post, and many others specific to Apple’s plans for its own autonomous/electric car can be found at Apple Car Fans.