Apple targets shipping date for electric car for 2019

Apple targets shipping date for electric car for 2019

Apple targets shipping date for electric car for 2019

Written by Staff Writer

22 Sep, 2015 | 10:46 am

Apple Inc has designated building an electric car as a “committed project” and has set a target shipping date for 2019.

The project has been code-named Titan and its leaders have been given permission to triple the 600-person team.

For Apple, 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.

Apple spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meeting with two groups of government officials in California.

Apple has been consistently hiring car experts as part of its effort to build a team in automated driving.

Apple has hired this year Megan McClain, a former Volkswagen AG engineer with expertise in automated driving, and Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, a hub of automated driving research.

Apple also hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, according to a LinkedIn posting.

Apple’s shares were up 1.3 percent at $114.98 on the Nasdaq.

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