Apple’s autonomous vehicle could arrive as a minivan

“The so-called ‘Apple Car’ may not be a car after all, but rather an electric van, according to German site Manager Magazin,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors. “The report, loosely translated below, claims Apple’s industrial design group has designed prototypes of the van with black and silver finishes:”

After that, the Apple Car could come in the form of an electric van. Apple’s engineers have designed specimens with black and silver paint, designed in the typical industrial design of the iPhone group. Apple also researches on its own batteries, electric motors, special seats and interior components. — em>Manager Magazin

“Last year, The New York Times reported that Apple had signed a deal to use Volkswagen vans as self-driving shuttles to transport employees around its various campuses and office buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Rossignol reports. “It’s possible the vans could be designed by Apple and manufactured by Volkswagen.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Soccer moms, rejoice!

(Of course, this is likely but one facet of Apple’s plans for Project Titan.)

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Apple said to develop car operating system in Canada – October 25, 2016
Apple scales back ‘Project Titan,’ effort no longer includes building own car – October 17, 2016
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  1. deja vu all over again. A similar story was reported a few years back I seem to remember. Believe it when I see it tbh seems very un Apple like to me, I suspect a few 2s and 2s seen though frosted lenses adding up to a 5.

    1. You are not a family man, are you? Minivans are the most cost effective and efficient family transportation option available. Full size SUVs cost quite a bit more, deliver poorer gas mileage, and provide less cargo volume.

      In addition to being practical for families, minivans also seem practical as the framework for an effective autonomous electric vehicle. There is plenty of room for a big battery while maintaining a large and functional interior. The minivan format also provides favorable mounting locations for lidar, radar, and optical sensors enabling 360 deg coverage and high/low perspectives.

      1. IMHO the initial market should be B2B… courier, mail, delivery & distribution etc., no passengers, designated locales & routing… stage 2 would expand to local taxi, transport services etc. So mini van makes sense to me.

      2. I don’t hate the minivan, I own one. But the facts are that the minivan segment is shrinking, getting replaced by crossovers. All of the traditional automakers know this. I would want to see Apple make wise design decisions to recoup it’s investment and not walk out with egg on their face if this report is true. If they design something that’s going to fail, it’s going to fail publicly. I don’t want that.

      1. I miss the day when Apple was a leader not a follower.

        What boggles the mind is how much the sillycon valley dorks are willing to burn in a vain attempt to put low paid cabbies out of work.

        If a company with hundreds of billions of dollars to burn wanted to make the world a better place by automating something with tech, why not start with the most overpaid assholes on the planet? Investment bankers, attorneys, corporate executives, business consultants, insurance and pharma salespeople, real estate agents, …. so many easily replaced functionaries that do almost nothing requiring human creativity. Think about it. Cook could have been replaced by an iPod Shuffle years ago and nobody would have noticed. Fuckerberg could have been replaced by a vintage PacMan arcade game and the internet would be better for it.

  2. Ok, time to bring reality.

    Take your automatic driving car and have fun in San Francisco. The rest of us with WEATHER like SNOW will be glad to see our automatic driving / flying vehicles in 2079.

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