Tuesday, 22 December 2020 15:37

Apple Car slated for September 2021


Taiwanese sources suggest the fabled Apple Car will be released in September 2021. Could Project Titan be coming to fruition?

According to The Economic Daily News (Google translation), Taiwanese vehicle component manufacturers have been notified of Apple's parts requirements for a forthcoming product to be released in September 2021.

Whether that time frame is realistic is a matter for conjecture, but it has led to questions from some quarters about the veracity of the reports.

Apple's electric car project is thought to date back to at least 2014, and according to Wired, CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in 2017 that the company was working on autonomous car technology.

Scores of self-driving cars are believed to have been registered by Apple, but they have been modified vehicles originally built by other manufacturers, such as the Lexus that was involved in a low-speed collision in 2018.

In the same year, a former Apple employee was charged with stealing trade secrets relating to the program.

Over time there has been speculation about whether the 'Apple Car' will be a complete vehicle, or a set of technologies that will be incorporated into other vendors' products. After all, the introduction of the Apple TV was preceded by rumours that Apple was developing an actual TV set as opposed to a smart box that connects to existing TVs.

If you're interested in the history of Apple's electric vehicle project, try this AppleInsider article.

Image: Incorporates a photo by Jon Rawlinson via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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