A rumor today from German publication Manager Magazin shares some alleged details of a shift in Apple's Project Titan. While Apple's car efforts were originally expected to include the company that made its own vehicle, it later changed the course to focus only on developing autonomous vehicle programs. But today's rumor suggests that Apple is working on its own electric car.
Based on the information from anonymous sources Manager Magazin believes that Apple has "breathed [d] new life into its plans for a self-developed electric car." Translated from German:
The Apple car could come in the form of an electric van. Apple engineers have designed designs with black and silver paint, designed in the typical industrial design of the iPhone . Apple also investigates its own batteries, electric motors, special seats and internal components.
The report also refers to Doug Field, who returns to Apple after spending a few years at Tesla as a sign that Apple has moved back to Apple even though this information is actually right, there may be another explanation why Apple engineers are designing an electric van without planning to produce the scale scale
. Specifically, the New York Times piece, which reported that Apple shifted its project Titan focus to just developing autonomous vehicle programs, noted that the company would test an autonomous vehicle as an employee shuttle. A van or minibus would make sense to that application.
Apple creates an autonomous vehicle to ferry employees from building to building called PAIL or Palo Alto Infinite Loop, which will be a test bed for its autonomous software.
While Apple CEO Tim Cook has not shared anything definite, he mentioned that the company focuses on autonomous systems back in 201
There is a major disturbance there […] We focus on autonomous systems and clearly a purpose of Autonomous systems are self-propelled cars. There are others and we see it as a mother of all AI projects. This is probably one of the most difficult AI projects to actually work on. And so autonomy is something that is incredibly exciting to us.
But if that's true, the details of Manager Magazin on Apple will investigate batteries for electric vehicles and other components such as engines be curious if it is not planning on manufacturing vehicles. Another possibility may be that the company produces its own prototypes for its employee transport test without planning the vehicle to consumers.
But if Apple actually works on a mass-produced electric car, it can follow in the steps of Google's Waymo launching its autonomous ride service in Phoenix, Arizona last December.
What do you think? Is Apple actually shifting gear here? Or is it more likely that wires were crossed with these new details? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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