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Apple's autonomous car is promising an exciting, electrical future ahead

19.01.2022 02:45 AM
Apple's autonomous car is promising an exciting, electrical future ahead
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Apple's autonomous car is promising an exciting, electrical future ahead
An engineer has created mock-up images of what the upcoming Apple car could look like when it was recently launched.

Artistic renderings were created by Devanga Pura, a mechanical engineer at Tezpur University in India, for a fully electric autonomous vehicle. Like something out of a sci-fi movie, the shows depict a strange white car, with the capsule having a circular entrance that opens like two saloon doors to reveal a two-seater "cocoon-like cockpit."

Reminiscent of the Apple eMac from 2002, the car is painted glossy white and features the Apple logo between the front and rear wheel sets.

The pictures of the Bora, posted on his page on "Instagram", are just interpretations of the upcoming car from Apple, which has been in development for about eight years.

Little is known about Apple's Project Titan, although previous reports suggested the product could reach the market by 2024.

An Apple car could come in the form of a physical vehicle or even a self-driving software system delivered through a traditional car manufacturer, such as iOS Cars.

"Apple is a new buzz and with that in mind, I've made this miniature self-driving concept car that's self-driving, electrified and completely 'stylish'," Bora said.

Its design has been dubbed "Apple Autonomous", and one of the design flaws is that the spherical capsule appears to be slightly sunken. It is also windowless, which means that passengers will not be able to enjoy the views because they are driven to operate by autonomous technology. It will also have to rely on artificial lights to ensure occupants are not sitting in the dark, which could be an unnecessary drain on energy.

The highly anticipated Apple car has already been imagined in other visualizations - British car rental company Vanarama has created images of a sleek gray vehicle with sharp corners and a glowing Apple logo on the radiator grille.

The Vanarama design, which is based on original patents filed by Apple, also includes a customizable touch-screen dashboard and a Siri-like "robot assistant" to supervise driving.

"Although there is almost no way of knowing what the final product will look like, these patents are perhaps the best indication of the direction Apple is taking," said Andy Alderson, chief executive of Vanarama.

Recent reports indicate that work on the Apple car is still ongoing, although the tech giant is very secretive about its progress.

In November, it was revealed that Apple had hired Christopher Moore, a former Tesla Autopilot program manager. He alleged that Moore had a falling out with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, according to Bloomberg, prompting the move.
The report said Moore was reporting to Stuart Powers, another former Tesla executive who joined Apple last year, citing people familiar with the matter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple was building a car in a short interview with Bloomberg in 2017, though he said his company is focused on autonomous systems rather than an actual vehicle.

Clearly, Apple is considering lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are inherently less prone to overheating and therefore safer than other types of lithium-ion batteries.

It remains unclear who will assemble an Apple-branded car, but sources said they expect the company to rely on a manufacturing partner.
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