The Apple Car doesn’t even exist, officially. But Tesla boss Elon Musk says it’s already too late to the game.
Musk cast doubts on Apple’s prospects in the automotive sector in a new interview at the Code Conference in California. He suggested that the Apple Car is at least four years away, and is too late to make any meaningful impact on the industry, describing it as a “missed opportunity”.
“I think they should have embarked on this project sooner. I don’t think they’ll be in production sooner until 2020. It’s just a missed opportunity. It’s a couple years…they’ll make a good car and be successful.”
However, he added: “I think it’s great they’re doing this, and I hope it works out.”
The Tesla CEO has had a tumultuous PR history when it comes to the Apple Car. Last year, Musk described the Cupertino-based technology giant as a “Tesla Graveyard”, commenting: “If you don’t make it as Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.”
However, Musk did eventually backtrack on his comments, posting the following on Twitter:
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Apple hasn’t publicised plans to build an Apple Car, but it’s widely speculated that the company is already deeply invested in research and development for an electric (and possibly driverless) vehicle.
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