Former Apple Engineer Pleads Guilty to Stealing Apple Car Secrets

Former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang today pleaded guilty to theft of trade secrets, which could get him up to ten years in prison, reports CNBC. Zhang was first hired by Apple in December 2015 to work on Project Titan, developing software and hardware for autonomous vehicles. As part of the Compute Team, Zhang designed and […]

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Apple Hires Former Lamborghini Executive to Help Lead Design of Electric Vehicle

A former Lamborghini executive has joined Apple to work on the company’s long-rumored electric vehicle, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Apple’s next-generation CarPlay experience previewed at WWDC 2022 The report notes that Apple hired Luigi Taraborrelli, a 20-year veteran of Lamborghini, to help lead the design of the vehicle. Taraborrelli oversaw chassis and vehicle dynamics […]

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Apple Has Applied for 248 Car-Related Patents Since 2000

Apple has filed for and published a total 248 automobile-related patents since 2000, according to research conducted by Japanese news site Nikkei and Tokyo analytics firm Intellectual Property Landscape. Patents cover self-driving technology, riding comfort, seats, suspensions, navigation, battery management, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity for car-to-car communication, and more. Apple has filed the most patents related […]

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Apple Car Design Goals: No Steering Wheel or Brake Pedal, Flat Seats for Sleeping, Large Screens, and More

The Information‘s Wayne Ma today published an in-depth report reflecting on Apple’s struggles to build a self-driving electric vehicle, including technical challenges and several leadership changes since the project began around eight years ago. Next-generation CarPlay experience coming in 2023 Notably, the report reveals some interesting details about the physical appearance of the so-called “Apple […]

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Volkswagen CEO Skeptical About Apple Car, Believes in CarPlay-Only Approach

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess is skeptical that Apple is planning to sell a physical vehicle and believes that the company is focusing on cockpit software instead (via Reuters). Diess made the comments at the hub.berlin technology conference in Berlin, where Apple is also in attendance represented by its vice president of Environment, Policy and Social […]

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Apple Car Team Loses Yet Another Key Employee as Turnover Continues

Apple has long been rumored to be planning an electric vehicle, but the team working on the project has reportedly faced many struggles over the years, including development challenges and the loss of some key employees. One of the latest departures is CJ Moore, who has left Apple to join autonomous vehicle technology company Luminar. […]

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Longtime Ford Engineer Joins Apple Car Team

Longtime Ford engineer Desi Ujkashevic has left the company and opted to join Apple to work on the Apple car project, reports Bloomberg. Ujkashevic has been with Ford for over 30 years, and she has expertise in safety systems, engineering design deliverables, body interior engineering, and more. Before to departing Ford for Apple, Ujkashevic served […]

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TSMC’s Chip Revenue From Apple Predicted to Grow Nearly 25% in 2022 as Apple Silicon Transition Nears Completion

Chip supplier TSMC’s Apple business is predicted to grow almost 25 percent this year as the transition to Apple silicon nears completion and the two companies grow closer ties, DigiTimes reports. Apple is said to be expecting shipments of chips for new iPhones and other devices from TSMC in the first half of June, according […]

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Porsche Considering ‘Exciting’ Joint Projects With Apple

German carmaker Porsche has discussed undertaking joint projects with Apple, the company’s CEO mentioned today in its annual press conference (via Reuters). Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said that the company has discussed “exciting common projects” with Apple, but there is not yet any decision about whether to proceed with them. It is unclear exactly what […]

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Kuo: Apple Car Team Must Be Reorganized Soon to Meet 2025 Production Goal

Apple’s team of employees working on the company’s long-rumored electric vehicle has “been dissolved for some time,” and must be reorganized soon in order for mass production of the vehicle to begin by 2025, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a tweet today. Apple’s electric vehicle plans have reportedly faced numerous setbacks since the project was […]

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Apple Suppliers Envisioning Long-Term Apple Car Supply Chain

Apple suppliers are positioning to manufacture and assemble the company’s long-rumored electric vehicle (EV), according to a report from DigiTimes. The report claims that Foxconn, the colossal manufacturer behind most iPhone models, and Luxshare Precision, the assembler behind Apple devices such as AirPods, are angling to produce Apple’s car. Foxconn has moved into EV manufacturing […]

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Report: Apple Developing Apple Car Autopilot Function With South Korean Partner

Apple has developed the chip modules and packages for the autopilot functions of its rumored Apple Car with the help of an outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) company based in South Korea, claims a new report today. OSAT is a service that suppliers often provide to partners that involves semiconductor assembly, packaging and testing […]

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Korean Companies Battling to Enter Apple Car Supply Chain

Apple is in the process of selecting suppliers for its long-rumored electric vehicle, according to a report from Korea’s ETNews. The report claims that Apple representatives visited South Korea in December last year to meet with local suppliers, following a preliminary visit in the summer of 2021. In particular, Apple is said to be looking […]

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Apple Car Schematics Reportedly Presented to Japanese Auto Parts Maker in 2020

In January 2020, a man who identified himself as an Apple parts manager informed Japanese auto supplier Sanden that Apple wanted to make electric vehicles, and presented schematics of an electric vehicle and air conditioner parts, according to Nikkei Asia. Sanden is a leading manufacturer of air conditioner parts for vehicles, and Apple and Sanden […]

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British Car Leasing Company Creates ‘Apple Car’ 3D Render Based on Patents

British vehicle leasing company Vanarama has taken a stab at imagining what the first Apple Car could look like, taking inspiration from iPhones, MacBooks, and other Apple products, and combining them with real Apple patents to come up with a 3D concept render that can be explored inside and out. Given that Apple remains tight-lipped […]

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Apple Car Project Loses Three Key Engineers

As Apple gears up to release a fully autonomous vehicle, it is continuing to lose key people who are working on the project, reports Bloomberg. Over the last several weeks, three engineers have departed the company. Apple’s chief engineer for radar systems, Eric Rogers, left for Joby Aviation, a company working on electric aerial ridesharing. […]

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Apple Car Hardware Engineer Leaves for Air Taxi Startup

Apple’s Car project recently lost one of its engineering directors, with Michael Schwekutsch departing the company to join air taxi startup Archer Aviation. As discovered by CNBC, Schwekutsch updated his LinkedIn profile to note that he has taken on a role of senior vice president of engineering at Archer. Archer is an aerospace company that […]

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Apple Working Toward Fully Autonomous Car With No Steering Wheel or Pedals, Aiming to Launch in 2025

Apple is picking up its work on an Apple-designed car and is aiming to create a fully autonomous vehicle, reports Bloomberg. Apple is “refocusing” the project around full self-driving vehicles, a goal that other car manufacturers have not been able to achieve. Work on an Apple Car began way back in 2014, and since then, […]

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Apple Car Battery Talks Stall in Another Blow to Electric Vehicle Project

Apple’s negotiations with the Chinese companies CATL and BYD about supplying batteries for its rumored electric vehicle have mostly stalled, Reuters reports. According to three individuals said to have knowledge of the discussions between Apple and the Chinese firms, the talks reached an impasse when CATL and BYD refused to set up teams dedicated to […]

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Apple Self-Driving Car Needed a Realignment After Clipping Curb in Autonomous Mode

One of Apple’s self-driving test vehicles was involved in a minor incident on September 27, according to a filing made with the California DMV [PDF]. The self-driving vehicle, which was operating in autonomous mode at the time, clipped a curb while going 13 miles per hour. There was no damage reported, but the car did […]

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