The Apple electric car project could launch as soon as 2019, according to a recent report.
Apple is calling its plan to compete in the electric car market a “committed project” and vehicles are expected to start deliveries as soon as 2019, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal. Insiders say that Apple has been in discussions on how to make an Apple electric car a reality for more than a year now and has even hosted meetings with state officials in California to make it a reality.
Internally, the project has been code-named Titan and will start with a 600-person team that could eventually be tripled if Apple finds it necessary. Although Apple has hired experts in driverless cars, it is believed that its first vehicle won’t be entirely autonomous.
Recently, Apple has made some big-name hires including ex-Volkswagen employee Megan McClain, who specialized in engineering automated driving systems and also does research at Carnegie Mellon University. The company has also acquired a former Tesla Motors senior engineer, but it has not been revealed exactly who that is.
Early in June, Apple has spied testing a Dodge Grand Caravan covered with sensors and loaded with connected-car technology.
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[Source: Wall Street Journal]