Apple once again seems to be making a car. Reuters reports that by 2024 Apple will pursue the production of a passenger vehicle, as well as the creation of self-driving systems and a “breakthrough battery technology.” The report is vague about how it all comes together – it’s not clear that all of this technology goes into the first passenger vehicle that Apple hopes to make – but it does suggest that Apple is considering vehicle production, having previously announced its plans for a car to manufacture closed. .
There have been rumors that Apple will develop a car back to 2015. But in 2016, the project was significantly scaled down, with the development of a complete car scrapped, and Apple’s team focused on providing software that could be licensed to car manufacturers, according to reports at the time. About 200 people were fired from Apple’s car team just last year.
It now appears that Apple has renewed its focus on building an actual vehicle, although there is a lot of uncertainty about when (and even if) it will happen. Reuters 2024 is the production target for an Apple-made passenger vehicle, although it may be pushed back ‘until 2025 or later’ due to pandemic-related delays. There is also a chance that Apple could scale down its efforts to just autonomous management technology, the report warns.
The report states that Apple relies on third parties to provide some components of its self-management technology, including its LIDAR systems. Apple’s battery technology is apparently based on a ‘monocell’ design that makes it possible to fit more capacity into the overall battery unit by not dividing it into discrete cells. Reuters reports that it could enable a potentially longer range and lower costs.
Apple declined to comment.
If Apple plans to build a self-driving car, it could also face obstacles before it can hit the road. There are currently no true self-driving vehicles available, although some cars, such as those from Tesla, offer some advanced driver assistance in certain situations.
Earlier this month, Apple handed over control of its self-driving car project to John Giannandrea, head of AI. Giannandrea was brought on board in 2018 to work on Siri, having previously worked at Google as head of search and artificial intelligence.
Just yesterday, another report, of the Economic daily news in Taiwan, said that a car manufactured by Apple could be released as early as 2021, which would be an incredibly ambitious time frame if true. In 2018, Apple’s trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted the introduction of a car between 2023 and 2025. According to MacRumors. Overall, however, the impression has been that Apple’s focus over the past few years has been on self-driving technology, rather than the manufacture of an actual Apple vehicle.