Apple’s Self-Driving Car Won’t Be Fully Autonomous, Launch Delayed To 2026: Report

Apple’s self-driving car launch plans are being scaled back. The tech giant is also abandoning the idea of ​​developing a fully autonomous self-driving car, media reports say. The iPhone maker is delaying the official launch of Apple’s cars until 2026, Bloomberg reports.

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The report, citing people familiar with the matter, said that current technology doesn’t support the company’s vision, so it’s not so ambitious that it would only support full autonomy on highways, including steering wheels and pedals. It added that Apple was planning a design without a steering wheel and pedals.

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Last year, it was reported that the tech giant plans to launch an electric vehicle as early as 2025 and focus the project on full self-driving capabilities. was given. The car’s vision was to offer “Level 5” autonomy, the pinnacle of self-driving technology that no automaker has achieved.

The car is in the “pre-prototype” stage and the final design has yet to be confirmed. The California-based company currently expects the vehicle to enter testing in 2025. Apple said it currently estimates the price of the vehicle at less than $100,000.

The car’s design team is led by Ulrich Kranz, who previously worked for famous car manufacturers such as Canoe, Tesla, Lamborghini and Porsche. The software team is led by former Tesla manager Stuart Bauer, while safety engineering, testing and regulatory issues are handled by former Ford Motor executive Desi Wojkasiewicz, the report notes. is doing.

The iPhone maker hasn’t publicly discussed its plans for the car, but years of hiring top talent in the field has shown little imagination.