World goes mad for the Apple car again: Page 2 of 2

December 22, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
Learning lessons from the Dyson electric car
Reports of an electric Apple car set to launch in 2024 are a mix of various plans and technologies

for autonomy, operating system and the user interface are all areas in Apple’s skill set. After all, Apple has been focussing on the lidar and camera technologies as part of the continuing Project Titan.

Autonomous technology for driverless cars is also proven. Commercial robotaxi schemes without any drivers are already operating in several cities in China, with trials progressing in Arizona and California.  

The curious point in the latest reports is flagging the LFP battery technology as 'next level'. Foxconn has been driving battery research and plans to have solid state battery technology ready in the 2024 timeframe. This could well be based on LFP technology and a solid state version would fit very well with structural batteries. It has already been working on bringing solid state battery technology to market for electric vehicles.

Where Dyson failed was looking for a manufacturing partner for its electric car. Apple already has one. With plans for production in 2024 or 2025, the design needs to be going through global approvals in 2023 and so it will still take a couple of years for the system prototypes and the design will change many times.  At least this time around no one is calling it the 'iCar'.

The Reuters report is here

www.foxconn.com

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