Are Hyundai and Apple really going to have a tie-up for self-driving electric cars?
On Sunday, a report from local media outlet Korea IT News stated that Hyundai and Apple are planning to sign a partnership deal on autonomous electric cars by March. According to the report, the companies either plan to build the cars at a Kia Motors factory, which is affiliated to Hyundai Motors, in Georgia or invest together in a new U.S. factory. The report also affirms that the companies will aim to produce 1,00,000 cars by 2024.
The report also mentioned that a ‘beta version’ of the Hyundai-Apple car would be available by next year.
There have been rumors about Hyundai saying that Apple approached the automobile company for producing electric cars along with rechargeable batteries. After all the backlash that Hyundai received, it made a statement that several globally known automobile companies have been in talks with Apple for the production of self-driving electric cars.
Rumors have been heard that Apple will enter into the self-driving car business by 2024. The company had started working on this technology of self-driving cars back in 2014. There have been some rumors stating that Apple was working solely for the hardware of these cars and on the other hand, some rumors state that Apple has worked only for the software. But, according to some latest reports, it is claimed that Apple has formed a small team that is assigned to work on vehicle interiors, external car designs, and drive systems.
For years people have only been hearing various rumors from different people. There are several that are raised regarding this partnership between Hyundai and Apple. No conclusions can be made as of now because we have been hearing about Apple cars for several years now, but no Apple car is produced to date. Several agencies are in talks with Hyundai and Apple for further updates about the partnership.