Apple Cars - All you wanted to know.. PART I

Reuters says Apple Inc is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.


Apple being the most appealing electronic brands in the world and a leader in the technology buisness finally decided to venture into automobile industry. No explanations needed that Apple electric car project codenamed 'Titan,' would be one of the most technologically advanced cars ever made.


Lets explore on what could be in store..


#1 Autonomous Driving: ofcourse, the first feature would be to enable an effortless commute without the pain of driving. Apple with all its existing automation efforts would integrate safety and mobility with societal benefits. Approached through machine learning, AI in a live automobile is most challenging but if someone can do it would be none other than Apple. Last year, their CEO Tim Cook dismissed reports saying the company was building its own self-driving cars, claiming instead that his firm was working on “autonomous systems” that will power a range of different products.


#2 Nxt Gen Power Source: a battery that could “radically" reduce the cost of the batteries and increase the vehicle’s range. To use a unique “mono cell” design that bulks up the individual cells in the battery and frees up space inside the battery pack, that design means more active material can be packed inside the battery, giving the car a potentially longer range than any other existing EV options. They are examining the chemistry for the battery right and Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) appears to be the most favored outcome because it's less prone to overheat than other lithium-ion batteries, while it may be more affordable than nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA).


#3 360-degree 3D coverage: Bloomberg News has reported that Apple is in discussions with multiple suppliers of self-driving car sensors known as LiDar sensors, which would help the cars get a three-dimensional view of the road. LiDAR stands for light detection and ranging. It is basically a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances to the subject. These light pulses – when combined with other data, generate accurate, high-resolution three-dimensional information of the object. These components would determine where the vehicle is located in the world and can identify and track surrounding objects, such as other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.



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