“Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a ‘committed project’ and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter,” Daisuke Wakabayashi reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“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.,” Wakabayashi reports. “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.”

“The 2019 target is ambitious. Building a car is a complex endeavor, even more so for a company without any experience. Once Apple completes its designs and prototypes, a vehicle would still need to undergo a litany of tests before it could clear regulatory hurdles,” Wakabayashi reports. “In Apple’s parlance, a ‘ship date’ doesn’t necessarily mean the date that customers receive a new product; it can also mean the date that engineers sign off on the product’s main features”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in March:

When Apple enters markets, it’s because they can bring something(s) so unique to the table that significant disruption is inevitable.

It goes without saying that Apple would create a premium vehicle, premium-priced for premium customers as usual, not a some low-end crate.

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