Apple has been working on a self-driving car project, codenamed “Titan,” since 2014. The project has undergone several changes and setbacks, but Apple is still committed to developing an electric vehicle with self-driving capabilities.
Apple’s Electric Car Project
Apple’s electric car project is still in development, and the company has not yet released any details about the vehicle’s design or features. However, reports suggest that Apple is aiming to launch its autonomous car by 2026. The car will likely be a fully-featured self-driving electric vehicle that will compete with Tesla and other EVs. Apple could consider partnering with popular car manufacturers such as Hyundai or BMW, or explore other options.
Apple’s Self-Driving Car Project
Apple has been working on self-driving technology for its electric car project. In 2018, around 5,000 employees were reported to be working on the project. In May 2018, Apple partnered with Volkswagen to produce an autonomous employee shuttle van. By August 2018, Apple had 66 road-registered driverless cars with 111 registered drivers. In 2020, Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars in California.
Apple’s Car Leadership
Apple’s car project has shifted and changed multiple times over the last several years, but development is on track. The project was initially led by Steve Zadesky, a former Ford engineer, but he left the company in 2016. In 2018, Doug Field, a former Tesla executive, joined Apple to lead the project. However, in 2021, Field left Apple, and the project is now being led by Kevin Lynch, who previously worked on the Apple Watch.
Current Status of the Project
In 2022, Apple scaled back the car project, dropping plans for a full self-driving vehicle that requires no user interaction. Instead, the Apple Car will be able to use an autonomous mode on highways, but manual driving will be required in other areas. The car will also no longer have a radical design with no steering wheel and no pedals, instead adopting a more traditional vehicle design. Plans for an autonomous vehicle without pedals have been scaled back, and the car launch is now expected in 2026 or later. The car launch is expected in 2026 or later, and it could cost less than $100,000.
Apple‘s self-driving car project has undergone several changes and setbacks, but the company is still committed to developing an electric vehicle with self-driving capabilities. The project is now being led by Kevin Lynch, and the car launch is expected in 2026 or later. While the car’s design and features are still unknown, it is expected to be a fully-featured self-driving electric vehicle that will compete with Tesla and other EVs.