Apple’s self-driving car ‘postponed and less independent than expected’

Apple’s self-driving car ‘postponed and less independent than expected’

Apple is revising its ambitions for self-driving cars, as the company is once again postponing – this time until 2026 – its vehicle about which speculation has been rife for almost a decade already.

Sources at the Bloomberg news agency report that Apple has internally postponed the launch date of its self-driving car, aka Project Titan, until 2026. Just last year, Bloomberg claimed the car would be ready for 2025, while at the end of 2020 it was expected to go into production in 2024.

Also read: Will the Apple Car look like this?

At the same time, ambitions in this area have been significantly tempered, according to these same sources. Initially, Apple’s plan was to market a car without steering wheel and pedals, able to transport passengers without any intervention on their part.

Now, the company would like to build a car equipped with a steering wheel and pedals, capable of driving mainly on the highway. The passenger could still concentrate on other things while traveling and would be alerted, should they need to get behind the wheel.

Eight years of work

Apple has been preparing its self-driving car since 2014. But the producer of computers, iPods and iPhones had to start entirely from scratch, which requires even more effort and investment than experienced automakers.

Formally, the project is hardly talked about. Tim Cook had confirmed in 2017 that the company was working on an autonomous car which he described at the time as ‘the mother of all artificial intelligence projects’. This year, we also learned that Apple was on the list of companies wishing to obtain a permit to test autonomous cars.

But fully autonomous driving still seems too far away for the time being. It’s the same with all car manufacturers. Since 2012, we have heard very regularly that such and such a manufacturer aspires to it, citing as a launch date ‘from 2020’. But in the years that followed, that proved impossible for every firm.

The reality is that autonomous driving in a clearly delineated environment, such as a well-maintained highway, is gradually approaching. But it also appears that it is much more complex to circulate independently and safely this kind of car in the narrow streets of Rome or in the works of the Brussels ring road, what is more when it rains or snows.

Sources at the Bloomberg news agency report that Apple has internally postponed the launch date of its self-driving car, aka Project Titan, until 2026. Just last year, Bloomberg claimed the car would be ready for 2025, while at the end of 2020 it was expected to go into production in 2024. Also read: Will the Apple Car look like this? temperate, according to these same sources. Initially, Apple’s plan was to market a car without steering wheel and pedals, able to transport passengers without any intervention on their part. Now, the company would like to build a car equipped with a steering wheel and of pedals, able to drive especially on the highway. The passenger could still concentrate on other things while traveling and would be notified if he had to drive. Apple has been preparing its autonomous car since 2014. But the producer of computers, iPods and iPhones had to start completely from scratch, which requires even more effort and investment than experienced automakers.Formally, the project is hardly talked about. Tim Cook had confirmed in 2017 that the company was working on an autonomous car which he described at the time as ‘the mother of all artificial intelligence projects’. This year, we also learned that Apple was on the list of companies wishing to obtain a permit to test autonomous cars. But fully autonomous driving seems temporarily to be still too far away. It’s the same with all car manufacturers. Since 2012, we have heard very regularly that such and such a manufacturer aspires to it, citing as a launch date ‘from 2020’. But in the years that followed, that proved impossible for every firm. The reality is that autonomous driving in a clearly delineated environment, like a well-maintained highway, is gradually approaching. But it also appears that it is much more complex to circulate independently and safely this kind of car in the narrow streets of Rome or in the works of the Brussels ring road, what is more when it rains or snows.



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