Apple is finally closing in for a concrete deal for its highly-anticipated "Apple Car" which would feature an electric vehicle with self-driving technology, that has partnered with South Korean giants, Hyundai and Kia Motors. Of course, Apple would still be designing everything down to the smallest detail, meaning that the TSMC chip might come with the vehicle.
The world's most valuable technology company, Apple, would soon have a vehicle manufacturing leg on its ventures, with electric vehicles to be its first take on the car industry, featuring all the nifty functions of an iDevice. Upon its initial rumors, Apple Car took the world by storm, with Apple fanboys and enthusiasts cheering on the company's innovation.
However, that was stopped because of the initial rumor's failure of having the Apple Car by 2021, when in fact, another detail has suggested that it would come the earliest on 2024, and possibly 2025. Popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, has initially detailed this, saying that Apple is only in the early stages of creating their EV, with details that it would include a TSMC processor for self-driving.
Apple Seeks Hyundai-Kia Motors to Produce the Apple Car
Now, the most recent reports that detail the existence of the Apple Car is insider information that says Hyundai is the selected manufacturer by the Cupertino giant for its first venture into the electric vehicle industry. Initially, it was the South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai Motors, that was considered to be Apple's partner.
However, recent reports according to CNBC have suggested that Apple is in talks with an acquired company by Hyundai, and it is also a South Korean car manufacturer, Kia Motors. The reports are now saying that Apple and Kia Motors are close to finalizing the deal in manufacturing the Apple Car and that this time, the speculations are more concrete with the Korean car manufacturer.
Apple Cars would be manufactured and created on Kia Motors' West Point, Georgia plants, and not in the Asian continent where South Korea hails. Moreover, Apple is reported to be focusing on "mobility" as the company considers that to be the future of technology, which is why it is shifting its focus on electric vehicles from its consumer electronics production.
Apple Wants Production in the US, Aiming for Driverless Technology
According to 9 to 5 Mac, sources and insiders that are familiar with the matter say that Apple was particularly fond of Hyundai because of its massive plants in the country, making manufacturing easy and accessible. Moreover, whenever Apple wants to change with the hardware and software design of the vehicle, it would not face any hardships of traveling far.
The Apple Car is also rumored to be a fully autonomous electric vehicle, and would "not be designated to have a driver," particularly on the first product that would be launched by the Cupertino giant. From the ground up, it would be a self-driving vehicle, unlike those that are developed by Tesla, etc.
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Written by Isaiah Alonzo