Apple Car Is Developed in Secret German Lab in Berlin, Sources Say

A new report from a German publication suggests that Apple's mysterious car is being developed in a secret lab that's situated in Berlin, Germany, of all places.
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All kinds of details from the so-called Project Titan have been speculated in the last couple of years, but this is the first one that sheds so much light on Apple's work on its upcoming automobile.

According to a report from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which quotes unnamed insiders, the iCar or Apple Car is being developed by a staff of approximately 15-20 engineers with backgrounds that revolve around software, hardware, engineering and even sales.

The secret Berlin lab is mainly a think-tank concerning the project, apparently, since FAZ also speculates that when the car is finally ready, it might be built in Austria, thanks to a manufacturing contract between Apple and Magna that no one knows about officially.

Hundreds of people have been linked by the press to Apple's car project, including former Ford engineer Steve Zadesky, and Johann Jungwirth, who used to head the Mercedes-Benz R&D center in North America, but is now working for Volkswagen.

Most details concerning Project Titan are obviously under wraps, but it is suspected that Apple may go as far as base the car on the underpinnings of the BMW i3. Back in 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited BMW's headquarters, and sources say that he also went to Leipzig and checked out how the Bavarians were building the CFRP-infused i3 there.

The car could be ready to be unveiled in 2019 at the earliest, which would also mean that if it is based on the i3, it would probably use the underpinnings of BMW's second generation of the model.

As expected from a company like Apple and from a project as important as this, virtually every detail surrounding the matter should be taken with a decent amount of salt, but stranger things have happened.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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