A DigiTimes report indicates that Apple is currently working alongside TSMC, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, a supply chain partner, on developing an autonomous vehicle chip for an "Apple Car."
Apple vs. Tesla
The Apple Car is said to be very similar to those from the electric car giant, Tesla. Still, it has not been confirmed specifically what makes the Apple Car comparable to the Tesla electric car.
Often referred to by its codename "Project Titan," Apple's electric car is rumored to be heavily focused on designing technology to facilitate self-driving vehicles, as well as its own separate version of the electric car.
Self-Driving Chip Technology
DigiTimes claims that Apple and TSMC are creating the self-driving chip technology, with both companies allegedly organizing plans for a factory to produce these chips in the United States.
Moreover, they are in talks with upstream and downstream supplies within the automotive electronics sector.
In addition, Apple has recently transferred its self-driving car team under the guidance of its AI and Machine Learning Chief, as they continue to mull over whether they will launch their own electric car or design self-driving technologies for other automotive providers.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable Apple analyst, has predicted in the past that TSMC would be the provider from which Apple could most likely source self-driving chips. She goes on to forecast that the vehicle may be arriving between 2023 and 2025.
While DigiTimes reporting on the Apple Car has not always been accurate, TSMC is currently considering a chip manufacturing facility in Arizona.
The overall journey to Apple's autonomous vehicle has been a winding road, with the project being constantly ever-changing and experiencing staff cuts, but never disappearing off the radar completely.
As always, with the Apple Car, we will have to wait and see.
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