Apple nabs auto-related domain names

The Faraday Future FF1 concept car, which is NOT an Apple car...

The Faraday Future FF1 concept car, which is NOT an Apple car...

Whether or not Apple ever actually ships an electric car, the company has covered itself in terms of future website needs by registering three domain names. MacRumors posted the news earlier today, showing that Apple grabbed apple.car, apple.cars, and apple.auto in December 2015 through registrar MarkMonitor Inc.

The Whois records show that Apple is indeed the registrant, and it's interesting to note just how many domains the company has registered. The registrant email "domains@apple.com" is associated with about 12,809 domains, while "apple-noc@apple.com" aligns with about 4,336 domains. 

MacRumors notes that the domains could be related to CarPlay, the company's platform for "infotainment" systems that is being rolled out by a number of automobile manufacturers. But then again, the rumors have been flying over the past year or so about "Project Titan", which is allegedly an internal name for a self-driving electric vehicle project. Apple has hired numerous engineers and designers from companies as varied as Tesla, Ford, GM, and Nvidia to work on the project.