Apple’s self-driving car could be under production as soon as 2024
Trip Miller, managing partner at Apple investor Gullane Capital Partners, said that it might be hard for Apple to build large quantities of its car right off the bat. Miller stated that “It would seem to me that if Apple develops some advanced operating system or battery technology, it would be best utilized in a partnership with an existing manufacturer under license. As we see with Tesla and the legacy auto companies, having a very complex manufacturing network around the globe doesn’t happen overnight.”
Apple is expected to find a manufacturing partner to manufacture the car based on Apple’s designs. This is the process that Apple uses to produce its products such as the iPhone. Those familiar with what Apple is thinking say that the company could still decide not to build the car itself, leave that to traditional automakers, and supply each vehicle with an autonomous driving system. Or, Apple could decide to design the entire product from soup to nuts.
While today’s report mentions 2024 as the year when Apple will start the manufacturing process for the car, delays related to the pandemic, which forced Apple to stagger the release dates for this year’s iPhone models, could delay the start of auto production to 2025.