Project Titan, the codename of Apple’s long-rumored vehicle project, has slipped from headlines in recent months but a new report from The Information ensures you won’t soon forget about it.
A former Apple employee that claims to have worked on the Titan team tells the publication that Apple was aiming to launch the vehicle by 2020 but the target date has since slipped to 2021.
Project Titan is believed to be an all-electric vehicle that may have autonomous features. Rumors back in April suggested Apple had turned to Magna International after talks with BMW and Daimler fell through. Apparently both automakers wanted control of drivers’ data while Apple insisted on keeping it in its own iCloud system.
9to5Mac also points out that Steve Zadesky, who reportedly was overseeing Titan, left Apple in January due to personal reasons after 16 years on the job.
Nevertheless, recent reports claim Apple could have as many as 600 people working on the project. A couple of months back, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Apple had been asking charging station companies about their underlying technology, presumably to charge its iCar.
As Tesla has demonstrated, a network of recharging stations is key to an electric vehicle’s mainstream success. And speaking of Tesla, CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year that the Apple car project was an open secret in the industry and that he welcomes any company’s participation in the electric vehicle industry.
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