Apple has been developing an autonomous vehicle called “Project Titan” for a long time. We have seen numerous patents and heard various rumors about the so-called “Apple Car” over the years. Well, the project is starting to pick up the pace. Recent reports suggest that the first Apple Car model will be a fully autonomous vehicle and will be used as Robo-taxis.
According to a CNBC report, sources familiar with Apple’s autonomous car said that the first model of Apple’s autonomous vehicle could be designed to operate without a driver. We even saw the company file a similar patent for its car in 2020. As a result, these are reported to be used as autonomous delivery vehicles or Robo-taxis.
“These will be autonomous electric vehicles created to operate without a driver also focused on this last mile,” one of these anonymous references told CNBC. The information is part of a much larger report that sheds more light on the speculated deal between Apple and Hyundai.
For the uninitiated, in 2018, popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple could finally bring its autonomous electric vehicle in 2023. However, we recently saw a report saying that Apple will begin production of the Apple Car from 2024.
Following this, another report said that the iPhone maker is expected to strike a deal with popular automakers, Kia, to develop the vehicles. The CNBC report, along with several other reports, claims this could happen.
According to recent reports, Hyundai also looks forward to working with Apple, as the recent president of the Korea-based auto company Euisun Chung has made it clear that “mobility is the future of the company.”
Furthermore, Hyundai will reportedly give Apple full control for the development of said vehicle and will launch it as an Apple-branded car, rather than a Kia model with Apple software.