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Apple’s rumored electric project, code-named Project Titan, has sped up development as the Cupertino company now targets 2019 as a prospective shipping date, The Wall Street Journal said Monday.

In fact, Apple has internally designating the rumored electric vehicle as a “committed project” after it spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California.

“Leaders of the project have been given permission to triple the 600-person team,” the people familiar with the matter told the paper.

Interestingly enough, the story claims that Apple is not currently planning on making its first electric vehicle fully autonomous though that capability is purportedly “part of the product’s long-term plans.”

The report follows The Guardian’s story three days ago claiming that the secret electric car is “ready to leave the lab.”

As the project now has an official Engineering Program Manager, Apple is reportedly moving to “coordinate the work of teams of hardware and software engineers,” reported the British newspaper last week.

Apple executive had a meeting last month with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV) to “review DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.”

The Guardian said in another report that Apple leased in secrecy a private facility testing site at GoMentum Station in California to road-test its vehicle.

The iPhone maker has hired several high-profile executives from the auto industry and has apparently met with BMW executives to discuss possible technology and manufacturing cooperation.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Daniel

    And the car will cost you 500k starting price I bet lol

    • Dany Quirion

      nah probably around the same as Tesla

    • Fanboy 

      Starting at $20k for the 1 seater, $30k for the 2 seater and $80k for the 4 seater 🙂

    • It’ll probably be best to sign up for the Apple Car upgrade program for a new car every year at the affordable price of 25k a month.

  • iPhoneWINS

    no thanks

  • pnh

    Pre-orders start this Saturday at midnight. Unfortunately that’s 3 am Eastern 🙁

    • Merman123

      Use the app it’s more reliable.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Watch samsung try to pull something like this.

    • Those carrot’s aren’t helping your eyes much, heh Bunnay?

      Turning a blind eye to what they created and still support years before herd master Apple (since 1994) doesn’t make it disappear (https://goo. gl/kqxhDF)…

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Aye. Them carrots I’ve been eating aren’t organic and has genetically modified organisms injected all over it.

  • Glauber Mello

    The best part is if someone steal your car you can use iCloud block.. kkkkkkkk No insurance anymore

    • Benedict

      see: OnStar since 1995

    • Gerardo Castro

      Haha imagine you can lock up the wheels while it’s being driven xD

  • Bass Head

    so they won’t make tvs but they’ll make cars wtf? Also didn’t trim cook make a joke about these car rumors?

    • Pradhan Mn

      Even Craig joked about the icar in the ip6s keynote

      • Bass Head

        you’re right

    • mrgerbik

      I bet we’ll see TV’s eventually… appletv will be integrated into a screen. No big move there,

  • Thomas Flores

    You’ll be able to pick one out in Space Gray, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold.

    • Rodrigo Cobos

      up for the gold ^^

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  • Rodrigo Cobos

    please dont be as fugly as a Prius o_O