The Apple electric car project, codenamed “Titan” is an first electric car project started to research and development by Apple Inc in 2014. In May 2018, Apple reportedly partnered with Volkswagen to produce an autonomous employee shuttle van based on the T6 Transporter commercial vehicle platform.
Reuters recently reported that Apple was planning to target car production with self-driving technology in 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology.
Apple plans to design a new battery that could radically reduce the cost of batteries and increase the vehicles range.
A new battery technology called “monocell design” which would pack more active material inside the battery to power these vehicles to longer range and the new batteries would take up less space.
Multiple sensor would be used to detect objects at different distances and it would use lidar sensors.
Lidar is a method for measuring distances by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflection with a sensor.
Reuters had previously reported that Apple had held talks with potential lidar suppliers, but it was also examining building its own sensor
Apple is also examining a chemistry for the battery called LFP, or lithium iron phosphate, the person said, which is inherently less likely to overheat and is thus safer than other types of lithium-ion batteries
Two people with knowledge of Apple’s plans warned pandemic-related delays could push the start of production into 2025 or beyond.
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