Apple in Talks With Hyundai Over Possible Car, Automaker Says
Hyundai has confirmed that there are talks with Apple about the possibility of building an electric car together.
“Apple and Hyundai are in discussions, but they are at an early stage and nothing has been decided yet,” the Korean automaker said in a statement to Reuters.
Hyundai announced the news on Friday local time shortly after Korea Economic Daily TV reported that the two companies were discussing a possible partnership to build electric cars and batteries.
The revelation comes just a few weeks after the so-called “Apple Car” hit the headlines again after a period of calm. Various insiders claim that the vehicle, which could include autonomous capabilities, could appear as early as 2024.
However, another story released by Bloomberg today said it could be up to seven years for the tech giant to have anything to show, according to sources claiming to be aware of the matter. The report also states that the car is “far from being in the production phase” and currently only a small team of Apple engineers are working on “powertrain systems, vehicle interiors and external body designs”.
Apple’s electric vehicle initiative known as Project Titan has been in and out of the news since 2014. The company has stayed true to the subject but has previously acknowledged that it is researching autonomous systems. Reported work on an autonomous van and filing of a patent for self-driving cars that could turn Siri into a personal chauffeur also confirm Apple’s interest in the technology.
Known for phones and watches rather than four-wheel drive vehicles, the company could make its developing autonomous technology available to an established automaker like Hyundai instead of designing its own vehicle, though everything is apparently still possible.
Digital Trends has posted a comment from both companies, and we’ll update this article if we hear something.