Apple abandons carmaking plans

October 19, 2016

Apple has scaled back its autonomous vehicle ambitions and will no longer build its own cars, according to industry reports.

It will instead refocus on developing an autonomous driving system for use by OEMs. Apple started its autonomous car project in 2014 and an Apple-designed vehicle was pencilled in for launch by the early 2020s. The hope was to revolutionise cars in the way the iPhone disrupted the mobile phone industry in 2007.

Rival Google is also focusing on the software elements of its autonomous vehicle project and has recently achieved more than 2 million miles of hands-free driving during tests, although vehicles have been involved in several non-fault crashes.

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