Apple Electric Car Release Date Set for 2019, According to WSJ Report
Apple is targeting a ship date of 2019 for their electric car project, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.
The accelerated launch schedule is apparently the result of Apple committing to the electric car project, which is code-named Project Titan.
Apple is prepared to hire a team of 1,800 people to work on the electric vehicle, and the company has made aggressive efforts in hiring experts in electric vehicles and driverless cars. WSJ notes that an autonomous self-driving “capability is part of the product’s long-term plans“, but the first version likely won’t be driving itself around, citing sources familiar with the project.
Rumors of an Apple Electric Car project first appeared earlier in the year, and while initially met with skepticism, both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters revealed details about the project. Later, the New York Times corroborated the initiative, and Bloomberg reported the Apple Car was
aiming for production in 2020.
A variety of other rumors have surfaced about the vehicle since, including that Apple was said to be exploring a collaboration with BMW to use the body of the BMW i3 for the project. Another rumor suggested the Apple Car project may actually be a large HUD (Heads Up Display) that is projected onto the inside of a car windshield, similar to that which exists in some advanced fighter jets. It’s also possible the car project is merely a longterm plan to extend the existing CarPlay initiative, which is currently a part of iOS, and allows an iPhone to sync to a CarPlay compatible vehicles and perform a variety of tasks.
As is usually the case with Apple rumors, it’s best to take them with a grain of salt until a product is actually launched. Nonetheless, there are enough people working on Apple’s Project Titan that there must be something to it, though it remains to be seen what exactly it will be, let alone how it will look.
Topmost image is of the BMW i3 electric vehicle.