The Cupertino-based gadget manufacturer has been working on Apple Car for years under a project code named “Titan”. Finally after the many hiccups, news is that Apple’s electric car is back on track. However, a project that started out in 2014, is expected to launch in 2024. Focused on building an autonomous driving car, the company is working on developing a self-driving Apple-branded car aimed at consumers.
Due to internal strife and leadership issues the Apple Car was put on a back burner. Never the less now the work is going on diligently and the car is expected to launch in 2024. The tech giant is also expected to join hands with a manufacturing partner to produce Apple Cars and is currently working on developing next level battery technology to extend range and efficiency.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the car will be Apple’s “next star product”. Aiming for a “revolutionary design” that could potentially be used in a future autonomous vehicle, the company has already held discussions with four suppliers of LiDAR sensors. The LiDAR sensors are relatively smaller, more affordable, and more easily mass produced than current LiDAR systems.
Apple has designated teams working on Next-Gen autonomous car. One of the Apple team in Canada is working on developing the base operating system whereas the other team is working on the software om which the car will functions such as heads-up display and self-driving capabilities.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple revealed in 2017 about the company’s plan to launch an autonomous driving car. He also stated that they don’t believe in revealing about the technologies as of such but due to the Government guidelines and software they had to.
He said, “We’re focusing on autonomous systems. It’s a core technology that we view as very important. We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It’s probably one of the most difficult AI projects actually to work on.”
However, some reports states that there might be a postpone in its release due to the complications caused by the global pandemic COVID-19.