As Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, Apple’s electric car is an “open secret.”
Apple has never confirmed the project, but we’ve gradually collected details of Apple’s car plans over time, dubbed internally as Project Titan.
Here’s everything we do know:
But Apple could also be looking at building the vehicle -- widely referred to as either the Apple Car or the iCar -- in Vienna, Austria.
That information also comes from the Frankfurter Allgemeine report.
There are also facilities in Sunnyvale, California that are thought to be dedicated to Project Titan.
Apple actually leased a 96,000-square foot former Pepsi bottling plant in Sunnyvale in November (pictured above), prompting speculation that the tech giant is expanding its Project Titan facilities in the California city.
Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal
The tech giant has also inquired about using GoMentum, which is a testing station that's been used by Google and Tesla.
OK, so there's a lot of places that could be housing the project, but what about the car itself? There are reports that the prototype Apple is working on resembles a minivan, but that could very well change.
And it will probably be very connected. 'When I look at the automobile, what I see is that software becomes an increasingly important part of the car of the future,' Tim Cook said of cars of the future in October.
He wasn't speaking about the Apple car, but cars generally. Still, his comments have been seen as hinting to the features Apple will work to incorporate in its electric car.
'If you listed out the 10 top things you love about the car, (the interface) would probably not be on the top 10 list,' Cook also said.
Source: WSJD Live Conference
According to the report, Apple is teaming up with the unnamed company to use lithium-ion batteries with a hollow center because the design expands the battery capacity.
But Apple is currently prioritising working on the software for driverless cars, rather than building an actual car from scratch.
Apple hired Dan Dodge, the founder of QNX and one of the premiere experts in car software.
Bloomberg reported that 'The initiative is now prioritising the development of an autonomous driving system, though it's not abandoning efforts to designing Apple's own vehicle. That leaves options open should the company eventually decide to partner with or acquire an established car maker, rather than building a car itself.'
The rumour that the Apple car could be autonomous is further supported by comments an Apple source made that the car 'will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money.'
And we know that Apple has met with officials from California's Department of Motor Vehicles to discuss the state's regulations for autonomous cars.
But Apple has reportedly had a difficult time getting an automaker to help develop the car, with BMW and Daimler rejecting the tech giant's offers.
Although there are reports Apple may be teaming up with vehicle engineering and contracting firm Magna, which is based in Vienna, Austria.
Apple tapped Bob Mansfield, who used to be the head of hardware development at Apple and worked on Macs and the iPad, as head of Project Titan in July.
Apple has hired quite a few automotive experts, like Tesla's vice president of vehicle engineering Chris Porritt, pictured below.
'We always jokingly call Apple the 'Tesla Graveyard.' If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding,' Musk said.
We'll have to wait to hear more about Apple's car project.
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