It seems that Apple’s self-driving vehicle project, the famous Apple Car, is not moving forward as quickly as they expected.
The company would have to postpone the release of their car again, now up to two years later than they had previously calculatedand would have decided that some capabilities of the car would not be available.
Manzana would estimate that it could launch its electric and autonomous car sometime in 2028. This would be the second time that the company would have to postpone the launch date, since at first they considered that it could be ready for 2025 and then it was moved to 2026.
In addition to the delay in presenting the car, there is more not so good news about the Apple Car, as indicated by Bloomberg.
The report says that after meetings with the developers of Apple’s autonomous electric car, including Kevin Lynch who is the head of the entire project, and Tim Cook CEO of Apple, it would have been decided to use a technology that was not as advanced as they expected.
They were said to have chosen Level 2+, which basically means the car can go straight in its lane and adjust the speed on its own, but not much else..
That would be less advanced than what Apple originally wanted. They wanted the car to have Level 4, which is a technology where the car can do almost everything on its own, like understand what the traffic is like, and decide where to go, without the driver having to do anything.
Apart from the delay in manufacturing the car, other events that could have complicated things.
One of the most important may have been the departure of Doug Field, who was one of the project leaders. Field currently works at Ford, where he is now director of advanced technology and integrated systems in the company’s autonomous driving area.
On the other hand, according to what the economic portal says, Apple has been investing a lot of money, “hundreds of millions of dollars each year” in the development of the Apple Car.
They would be doing all this to be able to compete with other companies that also develop cars of this type, such as Tesla, Ford, GMC, and Rivian.
Tesla increased its vehicle deliveries in 2023 to 1.81 million units, which represents an increase of 38% compared to the previous year. A figure that exceeds the expectations of analysts, who projected around 1,300 fewer vehicles in the last quarter of the year.
The automotive company owned by Elon Musk, known for its innovative electric vehicles, highlighted that most sales corresponded to the Model 3 and Model Y models. However, there were also recorded 68,874 deliveries of other models in its production line.
The figures revealed by Tesla in a short statement also specify that in the last quarter of last year, nearly 495,000 vehicles were produced and more than 484,000 units were delivered.
The American manufacturer announced that it has reached annual production of 1.85 million vehicles in 2023, marking an increase of 35% compared to the previous year.an operational improvement that reflects growing interest and adoption of electric cars globally.
Tesla clarified that vehicle deliveries represent only one measure of the company’s financial performance and should not be considered an indicator of quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including cost of sales, currency movements and the combination of directly leased vehicles.