Here’s everything we know about ‘Project Titan,’ Apple’s electric car

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 20: (CHINA OUT) A model poses beside a Magna Steyr MILA during the Auto Shanghai 2007 event on April 20, 2007 in Shanghai, China. Getty

Apple’s building a car. Or something automotive.

Nobody’s really sure, because the company won’t comment on it, and Apple is famous for keeping its research and development projects under wraps.

But its hard to keep a project of this size a secret. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk says it’s an “open secret” that Apple has obvious automotive ambitions. 

There are a lot of rumours and gossip about the Apple Car. We’ve collected the best below so they’re all in one place:

Do you know anything about Project Titan or Apple’s car? Email the author at [email protected]

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title=”The rumours first started to fly in February 2015, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had ‘several hundred employees’ working on an ‘Apple-branded electric vehicle’ called Project Titan.”
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title=”According to the report, the vehicle looks like a minivan. Senior Apple executives have met with Austrian contract managers including Magna Steyr.”
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title=”So Apple’s been rumoured to be teaming up with automotive contract manufacturers — many of whom are based in Europe. A German paper reported in April that Apple is running a secret lab in Berlin for auto development.”
content=”Source. ”
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permalink=”/#in-2014-apple-ceo-tim-cook-visited-bmws-german-headquarters-and-senior-apple-executives-took-a-tour-of-bmws-i3-electric-car-factory-5″
title=”In 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited BMW’s German headquarters, and senior Apple executives took a tour of BMW’s i3 electric car factory.”
content=”Source. ”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/579b764b4321f16b018bbd7e”
source=”Getty”
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permalink=”/#one-of-those-executives-was-most-likely-steve-zadesky-who-is-a-former-ford-engineer-but-he-left-apple-in-late-2015-for-personal-reasons-according-to-a-report-6″
title=”One of those executives was most likely Steve Zadesky, who is a former Ford engineer. But he left Apple in late 2015 for ‘personal reasons,’ according to a report.”
content=”Source. ”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/54e3d668ecad046320f28f12″
source=”LinkedIn”
caption=””
credit_href=”https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=1845779&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=pf7T&locale=en_US&trk=tyah2&trkInfo=idx%3A1-1-1%2CtarId%3A1424201554542%2Ctas%3ASteve+Za”
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permalink=”/#hes-been-replaced-by-bob-mansfeld-a-long-time-apple-executive-according-to-the-wall-street-journal-mansfield-had-retired-in-2012-but-is-still-well-respected-around-apple-because-of-his-technical-leadership-of-projects-like-the-ipad-bloomberg-reports-that-bob-mansfeld-the-new-apple-car-boss-reports-directly-to-tim-cook-7″
title=”He’s been replaced by Bob Mansfeld, a long-time Apple executive, according to the Wall Street Journal. Mansfield had retired in 2012, but is still well-respected around Apple because of his technical leadership of projects like the iPad. Bloomberg reports that Bob Mansfeld, the new Apple Car boss, reports directly to Tim Cook.”
content=”Source. ”
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source=”Apple”
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permalink=”/#mansfeld-is-leading-a-team-of-as-many-as-1000-hired-from-companies-like-tesla-ford-and-bmw-8″
title=”Mansfeld is leading a team of as many as 1,000, hired from companies like Tesla, Ford, and BMW.”
content=””
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/579b770488e4a79f178bb9fc”
source=”YouTube/ABC News”
caption=”Bob Mansfield giving an iPhone demo in 2010″
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title=”These car teams are spreading out over a network of industrial facilities in Sunnyvale, California. Here’s a picture of one of the most notorious facilities, where neighbours have reported hearing ‘motor noises.'”
content=”These facilities are named after Greek gods. More info here. ”
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source=”Business Insider”
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permalink=”/#in-fact-one-san-francisco-landlord-said-apple-was-looking-for-800000-square-feet-of-space-in-the-bay-area-for-autonomous-cars-10″
title=”In fact, one San Francisco landlord said Apple was looking for 800,000 square feet of space in the Bay Area for ‘autonomous cars.'”
content=”Source. ”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/579b78204321f1e2008bbd3f”
source=”Business Insider”
caption=”An unfinished industrial space in Sunnyvale, California that Apple has been linked to.”
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permalink=”/#according-to-the-financial-times-the-car-labs-were-set-up-shortly-after-september-2014-when-apple-revealed-its-apple-watch-11″
title=”According to the Financial Times, the car labs were set up shortly after September 2014, when Apple revealed its Apple Watch.”
content=”Source. ”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/579b78494321f136158bbd8a”
source=”The Guardian”
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permalink=”/#we-first-heard-apple-car-rumors-in-february-2015-when-someone-identifying-himself-as-an-apple-employee-emailed-us-12″
title=”We first heard Apple car rumours in February 2015, when someone identifying himself as an Apple employee emailed us.”
content=”‘Apple’s latest project is too exciting to pass up,’ an anonymous person said in an email to Business Insider. ‘I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money.’

Source. ”
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permalink=”/#shortly-before-that-someone-had-spotted-a-dodge-caravan-with-cameras-mounted-on-its-roof-driving-around-the-bay-area-13″
title=”Shortly before that, someone had spotted a Dodge Caravan with cameras mounted on its roof driving around the Bay Area.”
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title=”Now, Apple uses Dodge Caravans for Apple Maps. But at the time it was the first time anyone had spotted an Apple Van and Apple was cagey, as usual.”
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title=”Now there are rumours that Apple has a new version of its mapping van driving around — TechRadar saw one in Cupertino, and we saw one on the Golden Gate Bridge.”
content=”Apple declined to comment. Source. Source. ”
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source=”Business Insider”
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permalink=”/#i-wonder-what-apples-doing-with-its-fleet-of-older-dodge-caravans-now-16″
title=”I wonder what Apple’s doing with its fleet of older Dodge Caravans now.”
content=”Besides building Apple Maps. Here’s everywhere you can expect to find an Apple Maps van, according to Apple. ”
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permalink=”/#most-recently-apple-hired-dan-dodge-who-founded-qnx-the-leading-car-operating-system-company-17″
title=”Most recently, Apple hired Dan Dodge, who founded QNX, the leading car operating system company.”
content=”Source. ”
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source=”YouTube/BlackBerry Jam”
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title=”The Apple Car team is split into ‘three pillars’: one working on software, one working on hardware, and one working on sensors. Apple has filed patents for LIDAR sensors.”
content=”Source. ”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/579b78f288e4a7b32e8bba48″
source=”USPTO”
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permalink=”/#apples-head-of-design-jony-ive-is-a-big-car-guy-heres-video-of-him-gushing-over-a-vintage-ferrari-20″
title=”Apple’s head of design, Jony Ive, is a big car guy. Here’s video of him gushing over a vintage Ferrari.”
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permalink=”/#apples-also-hired-ive-buddy-marc-newson-who-designed-a-concept-car-for-ford-heres-what-it-looks-like-21″
title=”Apple’s also hired Ive buddy Marc Newson, who designed a concept car for Ford. Here’s what it looks like:”
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title=”Apple’s car is expected to have a ‘ship date’ in 2019, 2020, or even 2021 according to reports.”
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