The Apple Car is turning from a myth to a potential product.
Following the recent report that Apple is looking into building a car and launching it by 2024, Korean automaker Hyundai has confirmed to CNBC that Apple has discussed the product with “a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor.”
The discussions are still in early stages, and “nothing has been decided,” Hyundai said.
Hyundai’s statement was a reaction to a report from Korean outlet Hankyung (via 9to5Mac), which claimed that Apple is partnering up with Hyundai to launch an autonomous electric car as well as develop car batteries. The report said Apple Car would be equipped with its own battery tech, but the batteries would also be developed by Hyundai.
The fact that Hyundai confirmed the report is notable. It’s unlike Apple to confirm rumors of any kind, and its partners typically abide by that rule, at least when Apple matters are concerned.
While the mythical Apple Car, which has been rumored for years, looks closer to reality by the day, it may still be a while until we see it in stores. A recent report by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the car would likely be launched in the period from 2025 to 2027, and may be postponed to 2028 or later. A Bloomberg report on Thursday confirmed this, saying the Apple Car is still “at least half a decade away.”
ที่มา : Mashable