Apple’s self-driving electric car project is facing many obstacles

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According to a new report from Bloomberg , Apple is shrinking the design of its first self-driving car and is even more likely to delay the product launch. The latest information says it will be released in 2025, but for now the vehicle will be delayed until 2026.

Apple has been working on its secret self-driving car project, dubbed “Titan,” for years. In 2021, information appears about the design of the car that it will not have a steering wheel or pedals. This makes it really promising to be more “autonomous” than other self-driving cars like Tesla’s. But now it seems Apple has succumbed to technological limitations.

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Apple has learned that building a self-driving vehicle is hard, even if it’s one of the biggest tech companies in the world.

This project has been in limbo over the past few months as Apple executives grapple with the reality that their vision for a car is fully autonomous – no steering wheel or pedals required. – is not feasible with current technology,” shared Mark Gurman, a veteran writer for Bloomberg .

Apple has now been forced to aim a little lower, with a new strategy for bringing the vehicle to market. The tech giant’s innovation plans include a self-driving car with a steering wheel and pedals, and any self-driving features that will only be available on highways. In this case, the “Apple Car” driver will be alerted when the system senses it’s time to steer the steering wheel manually.

According to Gurman, Apple’s self-driving cars will use a combination of cameras and lidar/radar sensors, and will be powered by an integrated computer system “equal to about four of Apple’s most advanced Mac chips plus a built-in computer system.” again”, called Denali. The chip, produced in-house by Apple engineers, is said to be in an advanced stage and is almost ready for production.

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Originally, the Apple Car was rumored to have a price tag of $120,000, but with these new changes, it is expected to sell for less, around $100,000. This price tag puts it on par with sports cars like Porsche and luxury cars from Mercedes.

For the past decade, Apple has tried to keep everything about its self-driving car project private. According to Bloomberg, the company spends about $1 billion a year on this project. And the vehicle development division has about 1,000 employees spread across the US and Europe.

See Bloomberg, Marshable

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