New reports reveal the launch date
A new report published by Bloomberg news agency last Tuesday revealed the date at which Apple will launch its upcoming car, in addition to some other details related to its specifications.
Over the past two years, the American tech giant has announced the launch of a car, the Apple Car, during the period between 2024 and 2028, Bloomberg’s report stated today that the date will be during the year 2026 with a dedicated Apple Silicon chip, but it will not be fully self-driving. , and will be sold for no more than $100,000.
There have been many ups and downs over the past seven years regarding Apple Car news and rumors. Back in 2017, after years in the making, Apple seemed to have given up on producing a physical car and was ready to focus on self-driving vehicle software. But at the end of 2020, the company got back to work on producing a physical car that would run on its own software.
Some reports stated that the car would be launched in 2024, while other reports suggested that the Apple Car would be launched in 2028 or after. Rumors circulated that Hyundai and Kia were working on a deal to produce the car, but that was later cancelled.
Bloomberg said in early 2021 that the Apple Car is likely to be launched between 2026 and 2028, and some reports confirmed that Apple was aiming for a car design focused on self-driving.
And as reported by Bloomberg today, the latest development in Apple’s self-driving project, Project Titan, is scaling back efforts in which the company is ditching a fully self-driving car, which would have come without a steering wheel or pedals, to prioritize marketing the car with other features.
“In a major shift for the project, the company is now planning a less ambitious design that includes a steering wheel and pedals, and only supports fully autonomous driving on highways,” Bloomberg quoted people who asked not to be identified for information privacy.
And instead of fully self-driving on all roads, Apple will focus on entertainment features, such as: enabling the car to drive itself on highways in a way that allows the driver to watch a movie or play, but alerts him enough time to switch to manual control if he reaches city streets or encounters bad weather. harsh. The company has discussed launching the feature initially in North America and then improving and expanding it over time.
The sources say that the launch has been postponed from 2025 to 2026 with the aim of pricing the car at less than $100,000, after it was previously considered to be offered at a price higher than $120,000. Bloomberg’s sources added that Apple has not yet commissioned the design of its first car, and the team is still working at the “prototype” stage. The sources said, “The company aims to have the design ready by next year and get the specific features by the end of 2024. Then it plans to put the car through extensive testing in 2025