Apple is moving ahead with an autonomous vehicle. It’s reportedly already talking to component makers and might unveil the Apple Car in 2024 or 2025.
Although the Mac-maker generally tries to keep the details under wraps, the company is undoubtedly doing self-driving car research and development. CEO Tim Cook even talked about it back in 2017. Rumor say the work happens under a Project Titan code name.
Apple Car shifts into high gear
And now component makers leaked to Digitimes that Apple is checking on the cost of supplying parts for its autonomous vehicle. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, who produces iPhone, Mac and iPad processors, is allegedly going to make chips for the car too.
Apple supposedly has a preliminary design, and is eyeing a factory in the US. That’s part of hitting the estimated Apple Car debut in 5 years or less.
It’ll be an all-electric vehicle. Not surprising, as Apple keeps poaching executives and engineers from rival electric car-maker Tesla. Doug Field, who manages Project Titan on a day-to-day basis, is a Tesla alum, for example.
Digitimes isn’t the only one predicting an Apple Car in the next few years. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in 2018 that he expects the computer-maker to introduce an autonomous vehicle between 2023 and 2025.