The latest report from Reuters gave more oil to the fire of the floating rumors of Apple car going around for years. As per the report, the production of the Apple car may start in 2024, it says that Apple is planning to build its own branded vehicles, Although it might be delayed due to COVID.
The battery technology
Central to Apple’s strategy is a new monocell battery design. According to the Reuters report, “The design bulks up the individual cells in the battery and frees up space inside the battery pack by eliminating pouches and modules that hold battery materials.” It will allow for more material to be fitted inside, in order to offer longer range potentially, says the report.
Moreover, Apple is also examining an LFP or lithium iron phosphate chemistry, which is inherently less likely to heat up and eventually safer than other lithium-ion batteries, says the reports. According to the reports of sister site Elektrik, Tesla has also shown its interest in using a similar battery.
According to hearsay, Apple may focus mostly on a system that is self-driven rather than working with some auto manufacturer to carry through the system.
It remains unclear who would assemble an Apple-branded car, but sources have said they expect the company to rely on a manufacturing partner to build vehicles. And there is still a chance Apple will decide to reduce the scope of its efforts to an autonomous driving system that would be integrated with a car made by a traditional automaker, rather than the iPhone maker selling an Apple-branded carOne of the people added.
Similar to the recent iPhones and iPads, the car may also feature LiDAR sensors for scanning different distances. Apple is said to be working with foreign partners for the different “elements of the system,” which also include the LiDAR sensors. “fool’s errand” is what Elon Musk referred to as LiDAR.
”It’s next level. Like the first time you saw the iPhone,”.Says a person
“If there is one company on the planet that has the resources to do that, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cellphone,”Says an anonymous person who worked with Project Titan reportedly.
While the production may prelude in 2024, the report does caution that the delays related to the COVID pandemic “could push the start of production into 2025 or beyond.”