Apparently Apple Inc. is busy focusing on products other than the techy devices that have made them famous these days. Word is they are hoping to jump into the automotive industry by launching an electric car, with the deadline set as early as 2019. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has committed to an electric car internally, with the apparent codename of the project being “Titan”. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that there are approximately 600 to 1,800 employees currently working on this.
While keeping innovative product projects under wraps is nothing new for Apple Inc, the company has yet to confirm that it is indeed currently working on a car. Autoweek reports that Apple has recently brought in dozens of engineers into the fold that specialize in electric cars and autonomous-driving, from companies like Telsa Motors, Volkswagen, and AG. According to Automotive News, Apple has brought in Vinay Palakkode, a researcher who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (an institution that happens to be known for their automated-driving research); and Megan McClain, who was with Volkswagen as an engineer, and specializes in … you guessed it … automated driving. As well, Automotive News reported that Apple hired Jamie Carlson, former Telsa senior engineer; and this was according to a LinkedIn post that was updated from Carlson’s profile.
Still, the Wall Street Journal was quick to mention that 2019 might not be the car’s release date, yet simple indicate when engineers can finalize the vehicle’s main features. It also states that while it will be the company’s first electric car, the vehicle will most likely not be autonomous; with that version coming out at a later date. According the Journal, Apple also could be potentially seeking a partner in developing their vehicle; stating that the company has used Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (a manufacturer in Taiwan), in the past when it came to building their innovative iPhone products.