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Tim Cook: The car industry is in for a ‘massive change’

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, responds to questions from interviewer Gerard Baker on October 19, 2015 in Laguna Beach, California at the opening of the 2015 WSJD Live. Photograph by Frederic J. Brown — AFP/Getty Images

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the auto industry is in for a “massive change” during a Monday night interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker. Cook’s comments come as rumors swirl that Apple is working on some kind of electric, possibly autonomous, car.

Cook hinted that he believes the auto industry is at an inflection point. In the short-term, he pointed to CarPlay, a system that connects iPhones to car interfaces, as modernizing users’ experiences. But CarPlay doesn’t seem to be the only auto innovation on the executive’s mind.

“When I look at the automobile, what I see is that software becomes an increasingly important part of the car of the future,” Cook said, according to the Journal’s live-blog of the event. “You see that autonomous driving becomes much more important.”

Google, meanwhile, has been developing an autonomous car. Already, Google’s cars have self-driven more than 1 million miles.