Apple cancels “Apple Car” project after years of development

Apple has officially announced the cancellation of its much-anticipated autonomous Apple Car project, internally known as Project Titan. After more than a decade of research, development, and significant investment, Apple has decided to redirect its resources elsewhere. This decision, though unexpected, sheds light on the challenges and uncertainties inherent in the highly competitive automotive industry.

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Earlier this year, it was reported that the “Apple Car” project was facing delays, pushing its potential launch to at least 2028. Initially targeting a fully autonomous vehicle, Apple aimed for a basic electric car with limited driver-assistance features. Despite setbacks, Apple maintained significant investments, with reports indicating the development of a “Level 2+” system, scaled back from previous Level 4 autonomy goals. Internal dynamics, including pressure from CEO Tim Cook and project head Kevin Lynch, shaped strategic shifts.

Apple Car/Project Titan employees at Apple transition to AI focus

Apple’s foray into the automotive sector began in 2014 with the inception of Project Titan. Over the years, the project evolved, attracting talent from renowned automotive companies and growing into a team of thousands. However, the journey encountered numerous setbacks and changes in direction.

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that Apple’s top executives, including Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, made the strategic decision to wind down the Apple Car initiative. This shift in focus comes at a time when major automakers are reassessing their investments in electric vehicles, amidst fluctuating market demands and regulatory challenges. Apple’s decision underscores the company’s commitment to adaptability and innovation, prioritizing avenues with greater potential for growth and impact.

Apple Car

While the cancellation of the Apple Car brings disappointment to many involved, Apple is not abandoning its technological aspirations. Employees previously dedicated to the car project will be reallocated to other divisions within the company, particularly in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Generative AI announcement slated for WWDC 2024

Apple is reportedly going to unveil groundbreaking generative AI tools at WWDC in June, enhancing Siri’s capabilities and powering personalized recommendations in Apple Music. Testing its “Ajax” large language model, Apple aims to integrate auto-completion features into core apps and invest over $50 million in curated content deals.

Developers can expect AI-driven code completion in Xcode, while Apple explores AI integration in Apple Music and AppleCare for enhanced user experiences. However, full-scale implementation may take until 2025, highlighting Apple’s current AI gap compared to competitors like Samsung.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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