Monday, Feb 08, 2021, 14:12 Hardware

CNBC: Apple Car Will Need No Driver – And Also No End Customers

CNBC has now added their own piece to circulating reports of the "Apple Car", according to which Hyundai/Kia and Apple are close to agreeing upon a contract. West Point, Georgia has yet again poked its head out of the water as the Apple Car's center of production. From internal circles, CNBC has learned that Apple would like to enter the market with their new car in 2024. Despite intensive cooperation with Hyundai and likely usage of the E-GMP platform", the Apple Car will be its own automobile, rather than a further iteration of Hyundai's current line-up. Of particular interest in CNBC's article is the news that the first Apple Car won't be equipped with the features necessary for a driver, in fact, the car won't even be designed with a driver in mind. The publication names a source familiar with the production.



Driverless 1st Generation?
Although it's been confirmed by the man Tim Cook himself that Apple has been working on a car for quite some time, barely anyone has said anything about the 1st Apple car being driverless. As an entirely driverless vehicle wouldn't yet be allowed in most parts of the world, it's been assumed that the 1st Apple Cars would be similar to those from Tesla: Meeting the requirements for self-driving, but still requiring a driver. Should CNBC's sources prove correct, then Apple's 1st car would serve an entirely different purpose than previously considered.

Apple... Robotaxis?
Given that CNBC believes the 1st Apple Cars will be completely self-driven, it's entirely possible that there won't be any sort of daily usage of them in the general public. Instead, the 1st Apple Cars may be focused on "the last mile", with intended usage in vehicle fleets and for shipping deliveries. Accordingly, (should these predictions prove themselves to be true) you'd be more likely to see an Apple Robotaxi before you'd be able to buy an Apple Car from the dealership. This would also allow Apple to try out various production methods before finally delivering the cars to the end-user with the 2nd generation.

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