Apple Reportedly Plans Fully Autonomous Car For 2025 Launch
Apple’s Project Titan, or Apple Car depending on your preference, has been in the works for a number of years now.
The project has undergone a few changes of management and has also reportedly lost engineering talent along the way, too. But things appear to be looking up, with a new report suggesting Apple plans to have a fully autonomous car ready to go by 2025.
The current situation is, according to Bloomberg, that Apple has two cars that are being worked on. One of those is offers limited self-driving capabilities while the other is a full self-driving machine. So much so that it doesn’t have a steering wheel and it’s that car that is now said to be planned for 2025. Former Apple Watch chief Kevin Lynch is reportedly in charge.
The Apple car chip is the most advanced component that Apple has developed internally and is made up primarily of neural processors that can handle the artificial intelligence needed for autonomous driving. The chip’s capabilities mean it will run hot and likely require the development of a sophisticated cooling system.
The hope is to develop a vehicle that can spare customers from driving fatigue when they’re on long trips. But building an actual car – for an auto industry outsider like Apple – will require partnerships. The company has discussed deals with multiple manufacturers and has considered potentially building the vehicle in the U.S.
Apple is reportedly still mulling the idea of putting a steering wheel into this version of the car, although it’s difficult to understand how Apple intends to get this car onto roads as soon as 2025 without it. As expected, the car is also going to be fully electric.
The idea of any company having a car without a steering wheel on forecourts by 2025 seems insane, but this is Apple and you wouldn’t put anything past it, would you?