Since 2014, under a secret project codenamed “Titan”, Apple has been working on the Apple Car. Guesswork and vague unconfirmed details about the vehicle have only fueled the imagination. In reality, very little about the Apple Car can be officially confirmed and the project has remained a mystery for the past few years. However, some points can be connected.
For example, Apple has permits from the California DMV to test cars with self-driving technology, as well as patents like the 2018 filing for “a system and method for operating an autonomous vehicle“. These documents indicate that the company could tackle the “holy grail” of electric vehicles: autonomous driving.
Beyond that, rumors suggest that the Apple Car may not even have a steering wheelhinting that the project could be a fully autonomous vehicle, as Life Wire points out.
According to LeaksApplePro, a fairly popular source, Apple Car could go into mass production in 2025. Given its history of delays, if Apple does produce the car in 2025, it’s highly unlikely the vehicle will arrive without a steering wheel and have full self-driving capabilities. This is mainly due to the fact that technology is far from ready to offer level 5 autonomous driving. Additionally, while self-driving is not illegal in the United States, many states have laws that heavily regulate it, requiring rigorous and time-consuming safety testing before a model is approved for street use. .
Despite these uncertainties, there’s one thing you can count on: the Apple Car won’t come cheap.
No less than $100,000
LeaksApplePro reports that people shouldn’t expect the Apple Car to cost less than $100,000. Apple, like all electric vehicle makers, probably wants to give Tesla a hard time. The latter manufacturer sells cars ranging from the entry-level Tesla Model 3 ($41,940) to the Tesla Model X Plaid ($132,940); the company is not known for making cheap cars and its brand is not associated with the term “affordable”.
One market trend focuses on low-cost, high-performance electric vehicles, and on the other side is the high-performance luxury market dominated by Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Polestar, Audi, Tesla and others. others. Although these brands sell affordable models, their higher ranges are all expensive suction products.