While there haven't been many rumors about the Apple Car in the last few months, the project is still being worked on. Following yesterday's news from Bloomberg about a change in leadership, DigiTimes today announced alleged details of the development of "Apple Car" in Cupertino.
One of the self-driving Lexus SUVs Apple uses to test its autonomous driving software
Apple is reportedly in "preliminary cooperation negotiations" with well-known automotive electronics vendors as Tesla and other manufacturers continue to hire new employees. Apple works with “upstream and downstream” electronics suppliers to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
Current discussions have been compared to a "request for quotation model," in which Apple describes its requirements in detail and asks vendors for pricing and other details.
DigiTimes claims Apple is working to set up a factory in the United States and that there is a production schedule with preliminary technology specifications.
Apple chip supplier TSMC is reportedly working with Apple on a type of "self-driving chip" at a research and development facility. TSMC is also working with STMicroelectronics to advance gallium nitride (GaN) technology used in hybrid car converters and chargers. According to DigiTimes, this work should be related to the "Apple Car".
According to DigiTimes, Apple will unveil an "Apple Car" in 2024-2025, and those in the components industry have said the "Apple Car" model is "similar to Tesla". The website assumes that in 2021 we will learn more about “Apple Car” suppliers.
Two years ago, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that work on the "Apple Car" would continue and that Apple was aiming for a debut between 2023 and 2025.