According to a source close to the matter cited by CNBC, Apple and Hyundai are on the verge of finalizing an agreement to build the Cupertino group’s very first electric and autonomous car.
The Apple Car soap opera continues unabated. After Reuters revived the dossier by revealing that an Apple car would be ready for 2024 with a revolutionary battery, not without revealing that Hyundai was at the heart of the project, CNBC add a layer with new elements. According to a source familiar with the matter, the preliminary talks that began in early January are on the verge of leading to a definitive and final agreement.
Please note: no alliance has yet been officially concluded. But the advances would be significant to say the least. If the two parties can come to an agreement, the future Apple Car could then be assembled at the Kia plant (a subsidiary of Hyundai) in West Point. On the one hand, the Californian giant would control the software part, on the other, Hyundai would have control of the hardware part. In short: Apple wants to manage the user experience.
Hyundai, but not that?
Always according to CNBC, the firm headed by Tim Cook could also join forces with another manufacturer, in addition to or separately from Hyundai. ” I doubt Hyundai is the only manufacturer it would make a deal with. There could be someone else», Admitted a source.
Very recently, it was rumored that the French group PSA (Peugeot, Citroën) and General Motors could also make their contribution. These speculations are not yet at the stage of rumor, but we will have to keep them in a corner of our head. Also, the launch of production, expected in 2024, could be postponed, we whisper toCNBC.
A 100% electric and autonomous car
More interesting still, people familiar with the plans of the vehicle bring very first functional elements: the Apple Car would indeed be 100% autonomous. “The first Apple Cars will not be designed to have a driver. They will be electric and autonomous cars built to operate without a driver and dedicated for the last mile», Revealed a source.
Apple’s fleet could equally well oversee parcel delivery or integrate an autonomous taxi service which would then directly compete with that of Tesla. A small irony of fate, knowing that Elon Musk proposed to Tim Cook to buy Tesla when the company was at its worst financially a few years ago.