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San Francisco: Apple reportedly hired two former Mercedes engineers with experience in mass vehicle production, leadership, dynamics, software and project management.
According to MacRumors, these engineers are now working as product design engineers in Apple’s special projects group, presumably hired for the “Apple car.”
Mercedes has already worked with Apple by adding CarPlay and Apple Music functionality to its range.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously claimed that Apple Car’s launch is unlikely to happen until 2025-2027.
In a research note, Kuo said Apple Car specifications have yet to be finalized, adding that he would not be surprised if the vehicle’s launch schedule is pushed even further to 2028 or later.
Kuo cited three main issues with Apple Car: uncertainty over when to launch, uncertainty over vehicle supplier and specifications, and uncertainty over Apple’s competitiveness in the EV and car market. autonomous.
The next call can use a “C1” chip based on the A12 Bionic processor with in-cabin AI capabilities such as eye tracking.
Apple will need a chip foundry with capacity for automotive processes, which either Samsung or TSMC could supply to Apple.