Hyundai Hit The Brakes On Apple Car: Discussion With Apple Has Hit A Halt
Hyundai and Kia said they’re not in talks with Apple regarding development of an autonomous car, according to Reuters.
A Bloomberg report added that Apple had paused discussions with the two Korean companies on building an electric car “weeks ago.”
The report claims that Apple has also talked with other manufacturers, and it is unclear whether a deal with Hyundai or the affiliated Kia is completely off the table, or whether it could be revisited at a later date.
In January, Hyundai confirmed they were talking to Apple but quickly pulled their statement back, and said that only that it’s been talking to partners about building an autonomous electric car. Now, the chance of the deal ever happening definitely seems flat.
Hyundai’s confirmation that it’s been talking to Apple spewed many other news reports, with one claiming Apple will invest $3.6 billion in Kia Motors, and another revealing possible specifications of the upcoming car, which include 300 miles of range and 0 to 60 mph acceleration in less than 3.5 seconds. Most of the reports said, however, that the actual car won’t be launched until 2024 or later, and that Apple’s plans could still change.
Welp, these are all rumors anyway. Apple was also rumored to be working on a car since 2014, but the initial project apparently folded when Apple laid off dozens of employees and reportedly shut down parts of the project.