Top things to know about Apple iCar, how close is it to reality?

Rather than focusing on the powersource and the drive, the car will focus more on electronics – connectivity, navigation, entertainment and alike

By: | Updated: May 17, 2017 12:51 PM
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Apple is potentially working on a car. Yes, the tech giant is ready to explore its capabilities in the automotive industry. There have been rumours doing rounds about an electric autonomous car that Apple is currently developing. Considering the fact that the company recently received a permit to test self-driving cars in California, the rumours are perhaps closer to reality.

Apple's latest project has been called 'Titan', and Tim Cook is taking its development very serious, which is evident from the fact that there are people designated to work on the project and engineers from Blackberry have been hired to develop the autonomous car OS in Canada.

Apple iCar would be an electric vehicle, most likely powered by an electric motor or hydrogen fuel cells. Whatever the source will be, it won't be the traditional combustion engine.

Rather than focusing on the powersource and the drive, the car will focus more on electronics – connectivity, navigation, entertainment and alike. It will be an autonomous vehicle.

Like Apple phones, the car would be an expensive proposition. From its development to it being purchased. Apple has already invested USD 10 billion on this project.

Apple cars will most likely have V2X (vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure). They will be able to communicate with other cars and external systems like street light, buildings, cycles or pedestrians.

If speculations are to be believed the iCar would be more like a minivan, and will be put in production by 2020.

While the iCar may be available for purchase as passenger vehicles, they could be used in ride sharing services or as self-driving taxis.

Tesla has been playing the field all by itself so far with its electric cars, however the iCar would prove to be a serious competition to Elon Musk's autonomous empire.

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How far is Apple iCar from reality?

Reports late last year emerged saying that Apple was in talks to buy McLaren in order to improve its iCar project as McLaren's Applied Technologies Group has expertise and supplies electronics to Formula One and NASCAR.

In August 2016, Apple also signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with a South Korean battery manufacturer for cylindrical lithium-ion batteries. These lithium-ion batteries are expected to be used on the new Apple's driverless car.

Apple is tirelessly working on the iCar project, and these reports suggest that the self-driving electric Apple car will be reality sooner than we expect. We also hope that the Apple car, unlike the iPhones will allow their users more freedom and won't determine where one can go or can't.

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