28 December 2020
About six years ago, the rumor mill was buzzing with reports related to Apple's car manufacturing plans. Apple CEO Tim Cook even made it official that the company was indeed working on autonomous driving car technology. But all the excitement started to fizzle down with time as Apple even laid off about 200 people working on the project. Now, Reuters has published a new report claiming that the project is not dead and is progressing at a steady pace.
The report cites anonymous sources familiar with the Project Titan development to reveal some noteworthy details. As things stand now, there are two ways an Apple car could become a reality. The first one is that Apple sets up an assembly line and manufactures its own vehicles like many other car brands. This will undoubtedly take a lot of money as well as time. The second way for Apple is to develop auto-driving tech and partner with traditional carmakers to implement it in their respective models.
The Cupertino-based tech giant reportedly has a "breakthrough battery technology" underworks. This new battery tech is claimed to deliver a longer range while reducing the cost of batteries. It is working on a "monocell" battery design that delivers higher capacity without taking much space. It eliminates the need for using pouches and modules to hold battery materials.
Apple is also using LiDAR sensors to help the car scan different distances and get a 3D view of the road and surroundings. It is not confirmed whether it will use its own LiDAR sensors that we have seen with iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro models or it will team up with a third-party. The team is said to be considering both options.
As for when Apple fans can expect the release, the report claims that the Apple Car launch is expected to happen in 2024. It can also get pushed back to 2025 due to the pandemic and its effect on the supply chain.