Auto Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Dev Kashyap
Updated Fri, 19 Nov 2021 01:53 AM IST
There has been speculation for a long time about Apple’s driverless autonomous electric car. Tech giant Apple is aiming to launch a fully self-driving car in four years. However, some engineers had earlier this year planned to complete it in a time span of five to seven years.
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Apple’s Project Titan has been in the news for a long time. For the past several years, Apple’s car team has explored two paths at once—creating a model with limited self-driving capabilities focused on steering and accelerators, as many existing cars have, or a version with full self-driving capability. Human intervention is not required.
Apple has once again relied on Kevin Lynch to lead its new project, Titan. Kevin Lynch led Apple Watch software development. Engineers, led by Kevin Lynch, are now focusing on the second option. Lynch is pushing to build a full self-driving system for the first version of Apple Car. This information was given by some people associated with the project on condition of anonymity, because the discussions are private.
The change in leadership is only the latest change for Apple’s special projects group, which has seen several staff restructurings and strategy changes since the project began in 2014. Internally, Apple is targeting the launch of its self-driving car in 2025. However, this timeline is subject to change, and the company may choose to release vehicles without full autonomous capabilities by then.
Tesla Inc., the market leader in electric vehicles, is probably still years away from offering fully autonomous cars. Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo has faced a scourge of departure in its efforts to develop the technology. And Uber Technologies Inc last year agreed to sell its autonomous-driving division.
In the midst of all this, Apple is aiming to launch its self-driving car internally in four years, faster than the five- to seven-year timeline that some engineers had planned earlier this year. But the timeline is not fixed, and meeting the 2025 target is dependent on the company’s ability to roll out self-driving systems. If Apple is unable to reach its target, it can either delay the launch of its car or launch an initially low-tech car.