Apple has shown prototypes of self-driving vehicles to Japanese suppliers in 2020
So far, Apple has refused to approve the development of self-driving cars; But the rumors and reports about Apple’s car are increasing with claims that it is nearing the final production of this product. Of course, it seems that we should not see the release of Apple’s long-awaited car before 2025. However, it is now claimed that Apple has been planning to advance part of its self-driving car development process since two years ago.
According to a report from Nikkei Asia, apparently in January 2020, a man claiming to be a director Apple’s parts department has visited Japanese auto supplier Sanden’s Texas office. It is said that this person asked Sanden leaders for help in the field of components used in a flagship vehicle and showed them schematics of the electric car prototype. Finally, these two companies have entered into negotiations.
In this report, it is stated that despite Apple’s agreement with the aforementioned supplier, the outbreak of Covid-19 hit Sanden hard, and considering the heavy debts and their payment, the opportunity to work with Apple
In general, so far, most reports have told about the failure of the people of Cupertino to negotiate with well-known car manufacturers to outsource work to Apple. It is believed that the said project is focused on the development of technologies related to self-driving cars; Of course, it is almost confirmed that the giant of the technology world will need the production arm of one of the car manufacturers or assembly companies to operate this car and supply it to the consumer market.
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Apple also started negotiations with the Canadian company Magna International for a while; But due to the lack of clarity of Apple’s goal, these negotiations remained fruitless. The mentioned company is the largest manufacturer of auto parts in North America and the most important supplier of parts needed by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. The main customers of Magna in the world are Volkswagen, BMW and Toyota.