Apple Reportedly Working With A South Korean Firm To Get Autopilot Functionality Ready For Apple Car
The Apple Car project, known internally as Project Titan, has been quite the ongoing concern for Apple.
It’s been running for years and while we still don’t know when — or if — it will bear fruit, we do know now that the company is working to get the self-driving part of Apple Car ready to go.
According to a new report by The Elec, Apple is working with an unnamed South Korean outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) company to get chip modules and packages ready — parts that will be required in order to give the car its self-driving capabilities.
Think something similar to Tesla’s Autopilot and you should be right on the money.
The South Korean OSAT firm was working on the module for a chip that operates the autopilot function, much like those used by Tesla, sources said.
Such chips, which oversee AI computations, usually integrate a neural processing unit, CPU, GPU, memory as well as camera interface among other functions.
What the Apple Car will actually turn into is anyone’s guess at this point. While it’s possible Apple is working on self-driving technology to sell to other carmakers, it seems more likely it intends to sell cars of its own.
Apple was reportedly sounding out companies like Hyundai and Kia about working together, although it isn’t clear whether those discussions turned into anything concrete.
Some analyst reports suggest that Apple could get its Apple Car onto roads by 2025, although that seems mighty optimistic at this point.