Apple car design goals revealed:
On July 12, TheInformations Wayne Ma published an in-depth report today detailing Apples efforts to build a self-driving electric car, including the technical challenges and several years since the project began about eight years ago. Sub-leadership changes. Apple car design goal exposure: no steering wheel or brake pedal, self-driving
Notably, the report revealed some interesting details about the physical appearance of the so-called Apple Car. The cars latest design is said to feature four inward-facing seats that allow passengers to talk face-to-face with each other, as well as a curved roof similar to that of a Volkswagen Beetle.
Apples designers are also experimenting with a trunk that automatically raises for easy access and automatically lowers when not in use, the report says, and the designers are also said to have discussed large seatback screens that can be raised and lowered .
According to reports, Apples former design director Jony Ive is still involved in the project as a consultant. Ive, who left Apple in 2019 to start independent design firm LoveFrom, suggested that the Apple Auto team should lean toward the weirdness of the vehicles design and not try to hide its sensors.
As previously reported by TheInformation, Apple is aiming to get a waiver from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch vehicles without steering wheels and brake pedals. Regarding self-driving technology, the Apple car team is said to have crafted multiple demo videos to show Tim Cook and other executives. The team also took Cook for a ride in a test vehicle in the Santa Clara Valley, which successfully completed a self-driving trip and even autonomously conducted a DMV self-driving road test to demonstrate its capabilities.
Interestingly, the report claims that Apple has even discussed allowing passengers to sleep on their backs.
Apple is now discussing how to disguise a prototype of the car during public testing as it slowly approaches its launch, the report said. However, the car is likely a few years away from launch.