10 February 2021
It was only yesterday when we heard about Apple's interest in working with Hyundai's subsidiary Kia for manufacturing its cars and now, CNBC has published a new report sharing details about what to expect from the car itself. It cites sources closer to the development plans to claim that the first Apple Car will be fully autonomous.
The first vehicle from the Cupertino-based tech giant is not aimed at supporting drivers. The report quotes a source as saying, “The first Apple Cars will not be designed to have a driver. These will be autonomous, electric vehicles designed to operate without a driver and focused on the last mile.” It simply means that whenever the car will be launched, it will not be aimed at general consumers and instead will target enterprise customers like food package delivery operations.
Another important thing to note from the report is that Apple will maintain full control over both hardware and software aspects of the Apple Car. This is not surprising considering that is how Apple loves to work on products so that it can deliver the best possible performance and user experience. This is in contrast to speculations that the vehicle might just be a Kia car with Appel's software.
The report further corroborates the expected launch time of 2024 but also adds that there could also be delays. Lastly, the deal between Apple and Kia is claimed to be very close to getting finalized but nothing is set in stone yet. It means until both parties put pen to the paper, there will always be the probability of Apple moving to other carmakers or Kia deciding to walk out.