by Juli Clover
Former BMW senior executive and self-driving vehicle startup founder Ulrich Kranz has taken on a role at Apple working on the company’s autonomous car project, reports Bloomberg.
Kranz founded Canoo, a self-driving car startup that he left earlier this year. Prior to creating Canoo, Kranz helped to develop the i3 and i8 vehicles at BMW, where he was employed for 30 years.
According to Bloomberg, Kranz’s hiring is a sign that Apple is determined to build a self-driving vehicle that will rival Tesla. Kranz will report to Apple Car lead Doug Fields, who works under AI chief John Giannandrea.
Rumors about Apple’s car project have picked up in recent months as Apple now appears to be looking for suppliers and manufacturing partners to develop the vehicle. There were rumors that Apple would work with Hyundai’s Kia division, but it’s not clear if that relationship has progressed.
Development on the Apple Car remains in the early stages, and Bloomberg suggests that it will be at around five years before the product is ready to debut.
Thursday January 7, 2021 12:48 pm PST by Juli Clover
Rumors about Apple’s work on an autonomous car have picked up in recent weeks, but the project is still in the early stages and it will be years before an Apple Car launches, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
Sources with knowledge of Apple’s product plans told Bloomberg that it will take Apple “at least half a decade” to launch an autonomous electric vehicle.
Apple has a small…
Wednesday June 2, 2021 5:51 am PDT by Sami Fathi
Apple has lost “several” top managers from its internal Apple Car project, codenamed “Project Titan,” causing a potential setback to the launch of the self-driving car, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
From the report:
Apple Inc. has lost multiple top managers of its self-driving car team in recent months, a sign of attrition at the division involved in what could become an…
Apple is in “early-stage talks” with two Chinese companies about the supply of batteries for a future Apple Car, according to a new Reuters report.
Apple is in early-stage talks with China’s CATL and BYD about the supply of batteries for its planned electric vehicle, four people with knowledge of the matter said.
The discussions are subject to change and it is not clear if agreements with…
Sunday February 14, 2021 8:49 am PST by Sami Fathi
Apple is widely rumored to be working on a self-driving car, internally codenamed “Project Titan.” Apple reportedly began work on the project in 2014, and years later, the rumor mill is in full swing speculating on when Apple will debut its self-driving technology. Speculation has become so rampant that potential competitors to an Apple Car are already weighing its potential threat to the overall …
Tuesday December 8, 2020 12:01 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple is continuing work on developing some kind of autonomous vehicle product, and the project is under new leadership. Apple artificial intelligence lead John Giannandrea is now overseeing Apple Car development as prior lead Bob Mansfield has retired, reports Bloomberg. One of the self-driving vehicles Apple uses to test its autonomous driving software It’s been quite some time since we…
Apple is intensely researching all aspects of car engineering and manufacturing, but there are growing questions around what form Apple’s vehicle project may take, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Peter Fintl, the director of technology and innovation for Capgemini Engineering Germany, explained that Apple’s movement in vehicle supply…
Tuesday April 20, 2021 7:59 am PDT by Sami Fathi
Apple can be expected to shed some light on its highly secretive internal project called “Project Titan,” a codename for its self-driving car sometime in the next 3-6 months, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.
Ives made the comments during a segment on CNBC Television, in which he reiterated Wedbush’s belief that Apple will not actually release a consumer car until at least 2024. Ives…
Tuesday February 9, 2021 12:24 pm PST by Juli Clover
The California DMV today released new disengagement and mileage reports for self-driving vehicles that are being tested in the state, giving us some insight into Apple’s progression on its self-driving vehicle software.
Over the course of 2020, vehicles equipped with Apple’s self-driving technology traveled a total of 18,805 miles in California, up from the 7,544 miles traveled in 2019….
Monday February 15, 2021 12:30 am PST by Sami Fathi
Apple is expected to partner with a third-party car maker to build its rumored self-driving car with reports surfacing in January suggesting that Apple was eyeing Hyundai to be the official partner for Apple Car. Subsequent reports suggest Apple is actively pursuing all of its options and talking to a number of different manufacturers. In the latest round of speculation, Apple reportedly…
Monday March 8, 2021 4:27 pm PST by Juli Clover
Amid rumors that Apple is working on an Apple-branded car that will come out in the next decade, BMW Chief Financial Officer Nicolas Peter today told Bloomberg that he’s not concerned about the threat of an Apple vehicle.
“I sleep very peacefully,” said Peter when Bloomberg asked for his opinion on Apple entering the car market. “Competition is a wonderful thing – it helps motivate the…