The rumored Apple Car could be on the road before the end of the decade. A new report from The Wall Street Journal says that Apple is shooting for the vehicle to hit the market sometime in 2019 – just four years from now.
Here’s more from the report:
The go-ahead came after the company 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, code-named Titan, have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.
Apple has hired experts in driverless cars, but the people familiar with Apple’s plans said the Cupertino, Calif., company doesn’t currently plan to make its first electric vehicle fully autonomous. That capability is part of the product’s long-term plans, the people familiar with the matter said.
Word of Apple’s car play first leaked earlier this year. Just last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on “The Late Show with Steven Colbert” and (kind of) answered a question about the project, saying “We look at a number of things along the way and we decide to put our energy into a few of them.”
The site also says that some people close to the project don’t believe that the 2019 date is achievable. As you can guess, there’s a lot more that goes into building a car compared to making a new iPhone or Mac. But if one company could do it, I’d put my money on Apple.