Apple Inc has scaled back ambitious self-driving plans for its future electric vehicle and postponed the car’s targeted launch date.
Apple Inc has scaled back ambitious self-driving plans for its future electric vehicle and pushed back the car’s target launch date to 2026, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Have given.
The company’s automotive efforts, known as projects, have progressed uneventfully since 2014, when it first began designing a vehicle from scratch.
The people told Bloomberg that Apple is now planning a less ambitious design that would include a steering wheel and pedals and support full autonomous capabilities only on highways.
It further states that the company plans to develop a vehicle that lets drivers conduct other tasks on the freeway and remain alert with enough time to switch to manual control.
Last year, a Bloomberg report said that Apple is pushing to launch its electric car as early as 2025 and is reshaping the project around full self-driving capabilities.
Reports then stated that Apple’s ideal car would have no steering wheel and pedals, with interiors designed for hands-off driving.