It was first reported in February 2015 that Apple has employed up to 1,000 employees for the mysterious Project Titan, which is believed to be automotive-related. Apple has poached many from various sectors of the automotive industry including employees from Tesla, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Fiat Chrysler.
The Guardian says it obtained chartph.communications between an Apple engineer Frank Fearon and GoMentum Station. Fearon inquired availability of the space and how to coordinate with other manufactures testing there.
According to its website, GoMentum Station is a 5,000-acre former naval weapons station with 20 miles of paved roads. It boasts that it's the "largest secure test facility in the world and will bechartph.come the center for research, though whether that research involved connected or autonomous cars is an open question. The Guardian's report notes that the facility is guarded by the military and Honda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to begin testing there.
While the report says this unequivocally means Apple is working on an autonomous car, it's unclear what exactly it will be testing at GoMentum Station or even if it will test there at all.
Apple has never confirmed what Project Titan is about, but some Apple employees have gone on the record with what could be interpreted as subtle hints that Apple is working with cars in some way.
Jeff Williams, a Senior VP at Apple, said, “The car is the ultimate mobile device” when asked what it was going to do with its very large cash supply at this year's Code Conference. Continuing, Williams said Apple chooses new markets by deciding “which ones are ones [in which] we think we can make a huge amount of difference.
Prominent Apple-designer Marc Newson also described modern car design as being "at the bottom of a trough" an an interview with the Wall Street Journal Thursday.
Those statements don't necessarily mean anything, but one can't help but recall Apple CEO Tim Cook saying, "I think the wrist is interesting. The wrist is natural,” at the 2013 D11 conference, just over a year before debuting the Apple Watch.
To date, Apple's only automotive project is CarPlay, which is little more than a mirrored display of an iPhone in a car's center console.