Apple planning self-driving electric car available to public by 2024
A self-driving "iCar" could be in the works as Apple is reportedly planning a self-driving passenger vehicle by 2024.
The tech giant wants to have a car on the road within the next four years, people familiar with the 'next level' project told Reuters.
Under the codename Project Titan, iPhone boffins have been designing an Apple Car since 2014, it has been reported.
The firm has progressed enough that is now aiming to build a motor for customers that will rival robe-taxis and driverless car services.
According to two sources the project is being kept under wraps and few details about Apple’s plans are common knowledge.
But central to the scheme is a plan to redesign and reduce the cost of batteries, which would increase the vehicle’s range, Business Insider reported.
Apple has so far declined to comment on future products.
But a person who worked on Project Titan said that the tech firm might struggle to shift from iPhones to building fully operational cars.
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They said: "If there is one company on the planet that has the resources to do that, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cellphone."
According to reports, Apple could push the production of the car to 2025 because of the pandemic.
Sources said the firm has decided to use outside partners for elements of the driverless motor, including ‘lidar’ sensors which self-automated cars use to view the road.
One person told Reuters that some sensors could be derived from the latest iPhone 12 and iPad Pro.
And experts are said to be experimenting with a new type of battery which will be less likely to overheat, and therefore be safer.
A source said of the tech: "It’s next level. Like the first time you saw the iPhone."
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