All About Apple Car, We Know So Far

Updated: Feb 15

All the Trusted News, Leaks, Tips about apple car is here.

One of the many twists and turns is the tale of the Apple Car.


Since mutterings of an Apple-produced car started many years ago, reports of trade agreements, business collaborations, and vehicle specs have swirled since, and the tech giant, notorious for its propensity for keeping stuff under wraps, has always been quick to dispel false information as soon as it gains momentum.


Here are some tips and tales we know so far.


It is now confirmed that Apple is working on an autonomous vehicle Project Name- Titan, Yet there is no announcement from the company. But some trusted leaks and tips are out on market. But there is also confusion whether it is this going to be an actual Apple Car? Is it going to be a technology that we can purchase and integrate into our own cars? Is it going to be hardware and software licensed to car manufacturers from third parties? Or, is it going to be part of Apple's operation to carry us around in driverless cars?


In this blog, we are going to tell everything we know about project Titan aka Apple Car including what we expect to see when it finally arrives on our roads, along with all the latest Apple Car news, rumors, leaks, and updates from the most awaited vehicle project in Silicon Valley.


Some common Question with Short answer-


  1. What is Apple Car? - The long-rumored Apple car, probably an EV, could be self-driving.

  2. Release Date? - Don't Know by anyone\

  3. Price?- Everyone Knows, It is Apple, They don't make cheap Products.

Let's Talk About Release Date.

It's not yet confirmed because Apple has not yet locked down an automobile manufacturer to partner with on the project, First Apple made a contract with Hyundai for manufacturing, But later they contacted KIA motors for Manufacturing their cars in their Texas Plant. As of today the latest news is KIA is making Apple cars on their own unit in the USA. And the key topic of conversation and uncertainty around the vision of Apple Car was the issue of which car brand to do business with.


As far back as May 2018, Apple allegedly developed an autonomous employee shuttle van based on the T6 Transporter commercial vehicle, a program that was intended to lead to the production of an Apple car for the mass market, in talks with German automotive giant Volkswagen. Here is the link of the post-

https://twitter.com/atbwebb/status/857717853398720512


But the relationship between the two firms was stifled after a series of high-profile test accidents and employee leaks, and nothing else was known about the matter.


More recently, we thought the tech giant was in fruitful talks with Hyundai about the autonomous electric vehicle manufacturing process. Then we reported on reports claiming that Apple had actually signed a production agreement with the subsidiary company of Hyundai, Kia, which would introduce the Apple Car to the market as early as 2024.


Alas, another article then appeared in typical Apple style that indicated that Apple has now called off talks with both Hyundai and Kia, with the company shifting its attention to several Japanese automotive manufacturers in an attempt to eventually bring to fruition its ambitious plans for EV (electric vehicles).


Then, in 2021, it looks like Apple is already looking for a project partner. Given the impasse in negotiations, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently reported that the Apple Car could not be released until 2028 or later, so expect to wait a long time to see it on the road.


However, it's no wonder that cooperation was such a sticking point for the company. Despite being generally considered the world's most profitable corporation, the expertise of Apple lies in technology growth, not automotive manufacturing.


That implies it needs support from another company, but it would seem that the major car brands were reluctant to become a bit-part supplier on a vehicle that would eventually bear the Apple name, in the same way, Foxconn is to Tesla.


Specs and Expectation-



The Apple Car project has been in a state of continuous progress for many years amid the production deadlock, meaning there are some semi-concrete reports (caution must always be used with Apple) about features of the forthcoming, possibly fully electric vehicle.


Its autonomous existence is the first one. It was announced after the problems faced with Volkswagen in 2018 that Apple will turn its attention to the production of autonomous vehicle software, rather than an entire vehicle in itself.


Apple purchased the autonomous vehicle start-up Drive.ai in June 2019, further indicating a commitment to ensuring its vehicle debut will be autonomous in nature, whether it be its own vehicle, other car tech, or an Apple transport service.


Also, though Apple does its best to keep secret plans, some factual insight into its operations is provided by regulatory filings and patent applications. Reported patents include an in-vehicle device that alerts riders of what an autonomous car will do, as well as a car window that can alter its transparency and tint, even more interestingly.


The latter suggests Apple's attempt to incorporate technology that could fit into a single car windowpane, enabling passengers to see out, but protecting themselves from those who look in.


The patent's alleged automation features are even more exciting, with sensors enabling the window to vary its tint or reflectivity in reaction to external weather conditions, such as when the sun is beating down on the open road.


Ironically, another patent filing for Apple, uncovered in March 2018, also indicates plans to strip the car of any windows at all. The patent details how passengers in a self-driving vehicle could wear VR headphones, make virtual windows with a view of the outside world, or indeed any globe that the car occupants wished to go through.


Fancy a Jurassic Park tour? Created. Completed. According to the patent, you might also use the VR experience to hold a virtual meeting in a virtual office room.


Here is a diagram of the patent filed by Apple-





(Image credit: United States Patent and Trademark Office)


In terms of other features that we can expect from the Apple Car, the jury is out, even though we can make some assumptions based on the current products and industry partnerships of the brand.


One of these expectations is that the Apple Car will almost certainly be heavily integrated with iOS, which means that your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and maybe even your Mac will play a major role in the vehicle's functionality in some way.


We can also expect the Apple Car to come fitted with a range and performance to surpass any other electric car on the market right now, considering Apple's ongoing research into next-generation battery technology.


In addition, the company has reportedly held negotiations with four separate LiDAR sensor vendors, which are lasers that measure depth and distance, indicating that the Apple Car could be close to Intel's proposed fleet of self-driving cars.


With Tesla, too, indicating plans to sell its Complete Self-Driving (FSD) mode, which enables vehicles to steer around obstacles and make turns without driver interference, to consumers via a monthly subscription program, it is evident that there is, at least in some capacity, technology for autonomous, mass-market vehicles.


So, to round-up, expect the Apple Car to be self-driving, heavily integrated with iOS, have self-tinting windows filled with technology, and a market-leading driving range, if it is indeed a car.


Now The Big Question, What will be the Price?


Of course, it's almost impossible to guess how much it will cost, with little to no details about whether the Apple Car will be a vehicle, a software, or a service.


That said, to get a ball-park understanding of what to expect from an Apple Vehicle, we can compare the prices of other high-end EVs (by which we mean Teslas, basically) on the market right now.


When it goes on sale, with an approximate selling price of around $200,000 (around Rs.1,45,18,210), the new Tesla Roadster is expected to be the most expensive Tesla available to buy. At present, however, with a purchase price of $99,990 (around Rs.72,58,379), the Model X Performance is the most expensive Tesla on the market.


While there are no fully autonomous vehicles available to purchase yet, Tesla drivers currently have to fork out $10,000 (around Rs.7,25,910) to add Autopilot, the Tesla advanced driving system, to the above-mentioned FSD mode.


For the Apple Car, what all this means is... vague. We don't know whether it's going to be aimed or sold as a high-end, high-performance road vehicle to average buyers, so it's hard to make any conclusions based on competitor costs.


It's worth recalling, in any case, that Apple is Apple. It's likely to be costly, whatever shape the Apple Car arrives in.


Upcoming Challenges and Journey of Apple Car


It is possible that the Apple Car is still a long way off.


It is clear that, from its patent filings and road testing escapades, the company has made progress in developing autonomous vehicles and jazzy new engineering features, but we do not expect to see a marketable Apple vehicle product for some time.


The company's biggest roadblock remains it's brokering of a contract with an automobile maker, and it will be essential to see if the company breaks ground with any of the Japanese brands it has been touted as circling in 2021, with major names like Volkswagen, Hyundai, and Kia possibly already condemned to the 'tried and failed' pile.




Of course, it's worth remembering that in the race to create the first mass-market self-driving vehicle, Apple is not necessarily miles behind. Although Tesla clearly leads the pack in that regard, when it comes to creating autonomous road vehicles, a number of other companies have encountered similarly-rocky drives.


Waymo, which was once Google's self-driving car initiative and is now its own business under Alphabet, is probably Apple's most comparable rival.


Waymo represents a vehicular offshoot of a major tech company and remains equally responsible for shifting regulations and roadblocks in manufacturing, which is to say that Apple is not alone in the project's snail-paced growth.


Uber was also famously touted as the first to potentially carry self-driving cars to the road, but the ride-sharing service's experiments were halted by a fatal accident in March 2018 and the company has since terminated its autonomous program in Arizona.

Self-driving project rumors have also been the focus of Volkswagen, Jaguar, BMW, Nissan, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and GM, but no stable, commercially viable, mass-market vehicles are expected to hit the road in the immediate future.


The point is, there's something going on at Apple, and we just don't know what yet. It is clear that in the years to come, the tech giant aims to be a big player in the autonomous game, and it is also clear that it will have to contend with other producers who already have the vehicle pedigree needed to carry out a fleet of self-driving vehicles.


Whether Apple is the first to crack the code on autonomous vehicle tech remains to be seen, but you wouldn't put it past Apple to produce anything truly revolutionary with a technical track record as legendary as the American giant's.



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Source- Twitter, Techradar

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