With the electric vehicle becoming much more of a reality than fiction these days, it is only fitting to see tech companies following suit in which what Tesla has successfully done so with its range of electric self driving cars; however, another tech giant may be giving the Tesla a run for its money though, as Apple is rumored to be releasing their version of self driving electric cars as early as in 2024.
Said to be boasting a breakthrough in battery technology as well, the iPhone makers initiative for electric self driving cars is known as Project Titan, which has seen uneven its progress since 2014.
At one point, it was also rumored to be drawn back and reassessed as a whole. According to CNBC, Doug Field, an Apple veteran and former Tesla employee, had returned to managed the project in 2018 and had laid off 190 people from the team in 2019.
Apple has had steady results since and aims to build a vehicle for many of its customers in the Apple ecosystem, according to two anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
Central to all these is also a rumored ground breaking battery design that could reduce the cost of batteries and increase the car’s range, according to a third person who has seen the battery design by Apple.
Apple of course, has declined to comment on its plans and future products
One significant challenge would be looking for a supply chain as even with the amount of dollar signs the company holds onto, it has never assembled a car ever. Did we mention that it even took Elon Musk 17 years before he found sustained profit from making cars?
“If there is one company on the planet that has the resources to do that, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cellphone,” said a person who worked on Project Titan.
Two people with knowledge of these plans also added that the pandemic may have pushed the start of production in 2025 or beyond.
Apple may also be utilizing technology from previous devices such as the lidar sensors in order to scan different distances. Reuters had previously reported that Apple had talked with potential lidar suppliers but doesn’t rule out the fact that Apple may even as well develop its own sensor.
The batteries would also be built upon plans of a unique “monocell” where individuals battery cells are bulked up and frees up space in the battery pack. This would mean that more active material can be packed in the battery, which means potentially a longer range. Thee are also talks of a chemistry for the battery called lithium iron phosphate to help with the overheating.
It’s next level,” the person said of Apple’s battery technology. “Like the first time you saw the iPhone.”