There has never been more talk about a potential Apple car than recent days and that continues today after a report by analyst Colin Barnden for the EETimes suggested that Apple’s car could launch with a chip called the C1, based on the A12 Bionic iPhone processor.

That chip will help the car offer AI capabilities like eye-tracking, the report says.

Existing Apple partner TSMC is the company thought likely to creator the C1 chips for Apple, based on a 7nm automotive-grade process that the company has been working on. It’s thought that chip will be similar to the A12 Bionic that TSMC already builds for Apple.

If this is accurate, the C1 will be more capable than the chips Tesla uses for its own self-driving technology, all while using considerably less power.

I’m certain Apple would make some tweaks, changes and additions to keep us all guessing, but if the iCar is to enter production in 2024, then a lightly modified variant of the A12 looks like a great starting point for the C1. After all, why re-invent the wheel?

That processing power is thought to be used by various technologies, not least an AI-based eye-tracking feature that would presumably allow the car to know when someone is paying attention for self-driving purposes. That would hopefully remove the need for drivers to touch the steering wheel while the car is driving itself.

Various reports of late have had Apple Car likely to appear within the next few years, although one did suggest we might have to wait as many as seven years before it comes to market.

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