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Report: The Apple Car is still five years away


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A new report has claimed the much-anticipated Apple Car won’t be available until 2021.

The Information’s sources say Apple has pushed back its internal target by a year, from the initial 2020 estimate.

Rumours of the so-called Project Titan, a rumoured electric vehicle with some autonomous features, have been flooding in over the last 12 months, suggesting rapid progress is being made by a secret team of 600 Apple employees.

However, today’s report (via 9to5Mac) claims:

“One person who worked briefly with the Titan team was told during their tenure at Apple that the company had been trying to deliver a vehicle by 2020 but the target slipped to 2021.”

The rumoured slip is significant given e-car pioneer Elon Musk’s recent jibes.

The Tesla CEO reckons even 2020 would be too late for an Apple Car given the rapid number of companies already operating in the space.

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Despite his bravado, Tesla itself is not free of problems right now, given the controversy over its semi-autonomous Autopilot feature.

It would be just like Apple to allow someone like Musk to do the leg work only to swoop in with an own-branded product and take it mainstream, but in five years from now will that job already be complete?

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July 22, 2016, 8:20 am

Apple can not afford a "meh" product... and building a car from scratch is likely to result in a "meh" or worse product. The legacy car industry is bloated & any potential partner likely to be one that feels it is itself in a weak position compared to its peers. This is not a business Apple will easily move into... it is a serious risk

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