Apple has been thinking of producing a car for some time now., and the latest reports show the company is getting closer to reaching that goal. It was back in 2018 when Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, predicted the company would launch a vehicle sometime between 2023 and 2025.
According to AppleInsider, Apple is close to finalizing a deal with Hyundai and Kia, for the company to use their production line to manufacture its first car. The same report states Apple and Kia will sign a $3.5 billion deal for a future Kia plant to be built in Georgia, USA. The deal would include the production of 100,000 Apple vehicles starting 2024, a number that would go up to 400,000 cars per year in the future.
Sources close to the company also state the first cars produced by Apple will be fully autonomous and will firstly reach food delivery businesses and companies operating robotaxis. This lines-up with the fact that Apple bought the self-driving shuttle and car kit startup, Drive.ai back in 2019.
It seems we are just a few years away from seeing an Apple Car, but how long will it be until such a vehicle reach end consumers? Also, will Apple be able to set the standard for fully autonomous cars? We will find an answer to these questions in the years to follow.