Code name: Titan. Objective: to produce electric cars. Project owner: Apple.
Apple is advancing in autonomous driving technology and has set itself the goal of produce a passenger car from 2024 likely to be equipped with its own electric battery technologypeople briefed on the project told Reuters.
At the heart of this project called Titan, which has progressed in spurts since 2014, is a innovative technology likely to “radically” reduce the cost of batteries and increase the range of vehicles, according to one of these sources.
This project was relaunched in 2018 with the return of a former Apple, Doug Field, who worked for Tesla, two other sources said.
The iPhone maker declined to comment on its plans or future products.
Get started in the automobile construction represents a logistical challenge even for a group like Apple, even if it has a huge cash and annually sell hundreds of millions of electronic devices assembled from components from various parts of the world.
“If there’s one company in the world that has the resources to do it, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cell phone.”
“If there’s one company in the world that has the resources to do it, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cell phone,” said a person who has worked on the system in the past. Titan project.
It is not yet clear who would assemble Apple cars but, according to sources, the californian group should rely on a partner company to build the vehicles of its brand
It is furthermore always possible that Apple is finally content with build an autonomous driving system likely to equip vehicles from traditional manufacturers rather than selling cars under its own brand, one of the sources said.
Two people briefed on Apple’s plans also said they could be delayed by the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, with production not starting until 2025.
Regarding the battery, Apple plans to use a “single-cell” design unprecedented to free up space within the equipment and therefore integrate more active materials, which would increase the autonomy of the car, according to one of the sources. These batteries could also be so-called lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are less exposed to overheating and therefore safer than other lithium-ion batteries, the person added.