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Apple Car could be windowless, patent suggests

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple's long-awaited Apple Car could have virtual displays on the inside instead of clear windows, according to a new patent. The tech giant has filed a patent for a virtual reality (VR) vehicle system that matches up'virtual views' with the physical motion of a car as it's travelling. For example, if the car was careering down a hill, the system could project a virtual image of a rollercoaster ride. Chairs in the car would move about to match the visuals, the patent suggests, much like an immersive '4DX' cinema experience. But it would mean passing views of the real world โ€“ such as a beautiful medieval cathedral or stunning coastal hills โ€“ would be entirely replaced with virtual graphics.


Apple hires Tesla expert for its self-driving car project, report says

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple has reportedly hired a former Tesla software expert โ€“ a strong indicator that work is still progressing on its long-awaited Apple Car. The Cupertino firm has hired Christopher Moore, a former Tesla Autopilot software director, who allegedly had a disagreement with Tesla boss Elon Musk, according to Bloomberg. Moore is reporting to Stuart Bowers, another former Tesla executive who joined Apple last year, the report says, citing insiders'with knowledge of the matter'. Little is known about the Apple project, which is codenamed Project Titan, although previous reports suggested the product could hit the market by 2024. Apple Car could come in the form of a physical vehicle or even a self-driving software system offered through a traditional carmaker, like iOS for cars.


Apple Car: Concept art imagines how the tech giant's vehicle might look based on patent filings

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Like a heat mirage shimmering over the road ahead, Apple's much-awaited contribution to the electric car market has been teasing us from the horizon since rumours of its development first emerged back in late 2014. Despite having the potential to be the California-based firm's biggest project yet, both figuratively and literally, precious little has been officially revealed about the plans for the Apple Car. Nevertheless, signs of development are abound, from the firm's apparent ongoing tests of self-driving software around Cupertino via a fleet of sensor-laden Lexus SUVs to the filing of an assortment of suggestive patents. Based on these, experts have anticipated what the Apple Car could look like and the revolutionary features it might sport, from a customisable touchscreen dashboard to a Siri-like'intelligent automated assistant'. Brought to life by artists with the UK car leasing firm Vanarama, the gorgeous mock-up has the sleek, minimalist lines that make Apple's tech offerings so distinctive, down to the glowing Apple logo on the radiator grille.


Apple working on the 'holy grail' option for its car project: No human intervention by 2025

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple, which is rapidly losing ground in the electric vehicle industry to Tesla, GM, Ford and other automakers, is looking to have the'holy grail' option for its autonomous car by 2025: no human intervention at all. The lack of human intervention, which is being pushed by the project's new boss, Kevin Lynch (who previously led the company's Apple Watch software efforts) would be something that no automaker has yet to achieve, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the news. Tesla, for all the publicity surrounding the Elon Musk-led company, has come under fire from consumers and lawmakers over its autopilot system and how it works. In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a formal investigation into the system over 11 accidents - one deadly - feared to have been caused because the system has trouble spotting parked emergency vehicles. Apple wants the'holy grail' option for its oft-rumored autonomous car by 2025: no human intervention Apple's car could have no steering wheel or pedals and passengers could sit on the side, like a limousine or a bus Other automakers, such as GM and its Cruise unit, Ford and newly public Rivian, do not yet offer completely autonomous capabilities.


Apple plans self-driving car 'in 2024 with next-level battery technology'

The Guardian

Apple is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The iPhone maker's automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when it first started to design its own vehicle from scratch. At one point, Apple scaled back the effort to focus on software and reassessed its goals. Doug Field, an Apple veteran who had worked at Tesla, returned to oversee the project in 2018 and laid off 190 people from the team in 2019. Since then, Apple has progressed enough that it now aims to build a vehicle for consumers, two people familiar with the effort said, asking not to be named because Apple's plans are not public.