Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. A new report from Bloomberg says Apple will take at least half a decade to launch an autonomous, electric vehicle because development work is still at an early stage.
Quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the efforts,” the article says the tech giant has a small team of hardware engineers developing drive systems, vehicle interior and external car body designs with the goal of eventually shipping a vehicle. Bloomberg says this is “a more ambitious goal than in previous years when the project mostly focused on creating an underlying self-driving system.” The article adds that Apple has also added more ex-Tesla Inc. executives to the project.
As I’ve said numerous times, I don’t think our favorite tech company will build an automobile from scratch. I think it will work with car manufacturers to implement the many Apple-developed vehicle technologies into products that company (or, perhaps, companies) assemble.
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