In recent weeks, rumors about the Apple Car have intensified. It seems few people are clear on the release date, though it seems fully confirmed that Apple is really working on an electric car. Now Mark Gurman has revealed some important new information.
The journalist of Bloomberg East one of those who know the most about Apple thanks to the sources at his disposal within the company, and he has just written a full article analyzing the news of the car from Apple, known internally as “Project Titan”.
As its Gurman report reveals, Apple is convinced it wants to develop an autonomous electric car, even if it only has a “small team” working on Apple Car. the company has hired several Tesla executives
Apple Car still has a way to go
The first thing to keep in mind is that the project has been delayed several times, and 2020 was not a good year. According to Gurman, “most of the team are currently working from home or the office part-time” due to the pandemic, making development of the car difficult.
Engineers working on the project believe that the Apple Car could be launched “in five to seven years if Apple continues its plans”. It is said that the car is “far from being in production” and that “deadlines could change”.
“The Cupertino, Calif.-Based tech giant has a small team of hardware engineers developing drive systems, vehicle interiors, and automotive external body designs with the ultimate goal of shipping a vehicle. . This is a more ambitious goal than in previous years, when the project mainly focused on creating an underlying autonomous driving system. The company also added other former Tesla executives to the project.
he Apple Car’s engineering team is full of former Tesla employees, we are talking about tens. The last to join is Jonathan sive, a former automotive engineer at Tesla, BMW and Waymo, who ranks as senior from the Apple Car team. In late 2020, Apple also hired another former Tesla vice president, Stuart bowers.
Gurman’s report ends by assuring that Apple has a small team of hardware working on “vehicle dynamics, transmissions, safety mechanics and battery technology.” The objective is “reinvent the interior of the car
These new rumors dovetail well with others we’ve heard, like the one from Kuo in which he said the Apple Car wouldn’t arrive until 2024, at the earliest. In case of becoming a final product, it can be the most ambitious project in Apple’s historyWe will see if the company continues to invest in it.