Is Apple Developing a Car?
Rumors are flying that Apple is currently working on an electric car. However, the company has yet to confirm the news.
Whispers of Apple car
Mounting evidence points to the fact that an Apple car is in the works. Autoweek stated that the company hired Megan McClaim, a former engineer for Volkswagen who specializes in automated driving, as well as a host of other new employees with similar expertise, according to Auto Week.
“Apple’s driverless vehicle Titan is slated to ship by 2019.”
The Wall Street Journal stated that unnamed reliable sources confirmed that the release of Apple’s driverless vehicle Titan is slated to ship by 2019. In addition to bringing on new staff, said sources also explained that Apple had meetings with government officials in California to discuss the project.
Many questions about Titan linger. But perhaps the biggest concern is: What will become of the automotive industry once Apple becomes a player in the game?
Is Apple a threat to the auto industry?
As The New York Times pointed out, the auto and tech industries have stayed on top of any news regarding an Apple car because the company can potentially transform those industries in the same way it dominated the mobile phone industry. For example, mobile phone giant Nokia was replaced once Apple released its iPhone.
Although there are many sensor-based features on cars from Ford and General Motors, they aren’t as advanced as systems that can be created by Apple, explained The New York Times. This is where one of the primary issues lies. Many companies don’t want to handle the work of designing bodies of cars while leaving car software, which brings in more money compared to the body work, to companies like Apple.
Apple has yet to comment on the rumored car, but that’s not out of the ordinary considering the company’s penchant for keeping secret its latest projects.