Apple may have some new plan for its car


Apple has reportedly been working on an electric car for a long time. The car, likely to be called Apple Car, is widely speculated to come with advanced self-driving features and launch around the year 2025. However, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple Car has been delayed by a year, and is expected to come out in 2026. The car may also not be fully self-driving, as reports suggested earlier.
Initially, Apple had reportedly planned to build an autonomous electric car that would not have a steering wheel or pedals. But now, the team working on the project, reportedly dubbed Titan, thinks that building such a car is not possible with the current technology.
Apple cuts down on its ambitions as technology prohibits
Now, the company is working on a “less-ambitious” design that would come with a steering wheel and pedals, looking much like a traditional car. Further, the car would lose its full ‘autonomy’, and the self-driving feature would only be used when driving on highways, say the people familiar with the development.
Though the Cupertino giant has not settled on the design as of now, and the car is currently in the “pre-prototype” stage. Gurman suggests that Apple will take a final call on the design and features of the car by the end of 2024. Meanwhile, the testing would begin sometime in 2025.
Apple reportedly wanted to offer “Level 5” autonomy, the pinnacle of self-driving technology, which is yet to be seen in any other electric vehicle, in its upcoming electric car.
Now, the plan is to build a vehicle that lets the driver do other things while driving – such as watching a movie or playing a game – on a freeway while the car drives itself and to alert them to switch to manual control when needed.
The feature would initially be available in North America, and would be expanded to other regions over the course of improvement, reports Bloomberg.
The processor inside Apple Car would as powerful as four Mac chips combined
Powering the Apple Car would be an onboard computer system and an array of sensors. The processor inside the car, dubbed Denali, is said to be as powerful as four of high-end Mac chipsets, but Apple plans to scale it down to cut costs. The processor is said to be in the advanced stages of development and nearly ready for production.
Reportedly, the car would come with an array of sensors, including LIDAR, RADAR sensors, and a bunch of cameras. Further, it would have a “cloud-based component” for AI processing.
Apple Car to cost less than it was rumoured to be
Earlier, the rumors suggested that Apple would price its first car for more than $120,000. But, now Bloomberg reports that the price has been cut back to below $100,000, pitting it against the base variant of the Tesla Model S.



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