Tesla’s Elon Musk calls Apple Car an ‘open secret’

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Apple car concept art shows what Cupertino might put on the road.
Apple car concept art shows what Cupertino might put on the road.
Photo: Aristomenis Tsirbas/Freelancer

The Apple Car has its share of skeptics, but there’s at least one person who believes it is coming, and he should know: Tesla founder Elon Musk says it’s an “open secret” that Cupertino is working to become Coupe-rtino. Get it?

In an interview with the BBC, Musk said it is “obvious” to everyone watching that Apple is trying to make a car. His proof?

“It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it,” he said.

That doesn’t mean he sees the iPhone-maker as a threat. He claims he looks at fellow electric vehicle makers as kindred spirits, not enemies.

“[The Apple Car] will expand the industry,” he admitted. “Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling electric vehicles, and that would be our goal, while at the same helping other companies to make electric cars as well.”

As for what the Apple Car would look like? Musk didn’t want to be pinned down, but he did say, “in the long term, nobody will buy a car unless it’s autonomous…. Owning a car that is not self-driving in the long term will be like owning a horse — you would own it and use it for sentimental reasons but not for daily use.”

That seems to indicate Musk is banking on the Apple Car to be a self-driving car, a rumor we’ve heard multiple times in the past. Anyone think the future of driving is starting to look interesting?

Source: BBC