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Tesla-Inspired Apple Car Due in 2024 at the Earliest, to Come with TSMC Chip

The highly anticipated Apple Car has been in a dormant phase for a while, but it looks like the Cupertino-based tech giant has accelerated the work on the project lately, with more information emerging on the company’s plans this week.
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After an earlier report indicated that Apple appointed a new leader for the project, this time with a solid experience in the AI sector, Digitimes now reports the company is preparing for the next important stage in the creation of this product and is now reaching out to possible suppliers for quotations.

In other words, Apple wants to start talking with automotive electronics companies to get more pricing details for the components it wants to build for a potential Apple Car. Still, at the moment, people familiar with the matter continue to claim the iPhone maker could end up building only a very advanced self-driving system.

Today’s report, however, suggests Apple is fully committed to a Tesla-inspired Apple Car. To do this, the company has reached out to long-term partner TSMC, who will be in charge of building a self-driving chip that will power the vehicle.

At this point, Apple is also looking into plans for a production facility in the United States that would be entirely dedicated to manufacturing the Apple Car should the project advance according to the plan.

The cited source claims the vehicle could see the daylight in 2024 or 2025, as the discussions with partners in charge of manufacturing the necessary components would come to a conclusion next year.

Previously, top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated an Apple Car could see the daylight between 2023 and 2025, so the new timing aligns well with the earlier forecast.

Needless to say, Apple itself has remained completely tight-lipped on everything. For now, you should take this with a healthy pinch of salt as plans in this stage could easily change overnight if something goes wrong.


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