Apple's long rumored "Project Titan" car may not necessarily be for a "car", with a German magazine that suggests that the final product may actually end up being an electrically powered item while still in the prototype.
An early rendition of what "Apple Car" might look like
Speculations and rumors over the years have suggested that Apple has been working on producing its own self-designed vehicle, sometimes referred to as and "Apple Car." So far, all rumors and reports refer to the fact that there is a car of some description, but there is the possibility that there may be something else.
According to several unnamed sources of Manager Magazine prototypes of Apple's work have been painted in black and silver. While few details are provided by the publication on the vehicles, the main point is that vans are being tested, rather than cars.
The report also claims that Apple engineers are now working inside the vehicle.
"Apple Car," which some believed to arrive at the earliest between 2023 and 2025, has undergone Apple's development in a variety of ways under the name "Project Titan". The project has originally been working on an entire vehicle, and has changed its focus on self-driving car systems, although there are some signs that shift back to total vehicle design.
A remarkable example of the revival is hiring Andrew Kim in December, a former senior designer for Tesla, who may have happened as part of a major effort by Apple to poke Tesla employees.
However, the team "Project Titan" has recently had a stroke, with over 200 employees turned off from the autonomous vehicle group as part of a major restructuring work.
In its present form, "Project Titan" consists of a test bed for autonomous driving on a fleet of 66 Lexus SUVs, which streams around the San Francisco Bay Area to perfect sensors, computer systems, and software required for a vehicle to be safe. Run yourself.
Apple is also said to use some of Titan's technology for a self-propelled shuttle program called Palo Alto to Infinite Loop, or PAIL. The program is supposed to be shipping Apple employees between the Bay Area campuses, using specially modified Volkswagen vans.