Apple might begin constructing and promoting a automobile throughout the subsequent 4 years. According to Reuters, the automobile might (or might not) use self-driving know-how developed by Apple, and it might (or might not) contain a “breakthrough” battery design that may be cheaper and supply longer vary than present know-how.
Reuters says that Apple is engaged on lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which is cheaper than battery cells that use nickel manganese cobalt chemistry. In July of this 12 months, Tesla introduced it would switch to this chemistry for Chinese-built Tesla Model 3s by the top of 2020.
Reuters additionally says that Apple’s battery design “bulks up the person cells within the battery and frees up house contained in the battery pack by eliminating pouches and modules that maintain battery supplies.”
Nevertheless, Apple declined to remark to Reuters, and the publication’s sources are all nameless.
It’s well-known that Apple has had a staff engaged on automotive know-how for some years now below the moniker Venture Titan. In 2015, we heard that Apple had several hundred people working on an electric car mission. The next 12 months, Venture Titan was in bother, we were told, and scaling again. More layoffs came in early 2019, however a number of months later information broke that 1,200 Apple workers have been nonetheless on Venture Titan, which was looking for lidar sensors. Nevertheless, the California-based tech firm stays tight-lipped on precisely what Venture Titan entails.
Different shopper electronics firms have additionally dipped a toe into the electrical automobile area not too long ago; the star of this year’s CES was undoubtably Sony’s Vision-S concept car, which was meant to showcase totally different know-how competencies from all through the corporate.