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Apple Car reportedly shopping for the eyes of its autonomous driving

Apple’s autonomous car project is hunting for the well-rumored EV’s eyes, a new report suggests, with the iPhone-maker said to be in discussions with multiple LIDAR specialists. The scanning technology is widely – though not universally – believed to be key to building vehicles that can drive themselves, given its ability to map an environment, in real time, and in great detail.

Multiple companies develop LIDAR sensors currently, for automotive and robotics use, among other purposes. Apple has also used the same core premise of the technology for its own custom sensors, the so-called LiDAR Scanner that launched on the iPad Pro and later appeared on the high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Now, Apple is currently speaking with multiple sensor companies, Bloomberg reports, quoting insiders familiar with the negotiations. Talks are still ongoing, it’s suggested, and Apple is not yet believed to have picked a likely LIDAR candidate. Whichever hardware

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First Genesis EV will reportedly be called a GV60, electric GV70 to follow

Genesis is working on its first battery-electric vehicle, a compact crossover SUV code-named the JW.

Prototypes are out testing and a debut is scheduled for later in the year.

Asia Time reported on Tuesday that the JW will be badged a GV60 and start production in August.

2022 Genesis GV70

2022 Genesis GV70

The Korean news outlet also reported that electric versions of the larger GV70 and GV80 SUVs are planned, with the electric GV70 due to start production in December.

Also reportedly due this year is a redesigned G90 flagship sedan. The current G90 was just updated last year but can trace its roots to a model that was launched in Korea as far back as 2015, so a redesign isn’t that unexpected.

The latest news comes just days after the discovery of trademark filings that hint at electric versions of most of Genesis’ lineup.

2022 Genesis eG80 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Genesis eG80 spy shots – Photo

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Apple reportedly hired Porsche chassis engineer for car project

The latest grist surrounding the oft-rumored Apple car is a report that the tech giant has hired a former Porsche vice president of chassis development, presumedly to work on a planned electric car.

Apple has poached Manfred Harrer from the German automaker, reports Business Insider Deutschland (via 9to5Mac). Neither of the companies or Harrer have commented on the report. At the time of publication, Harrer’s LinkedIn profile listed him as vice president of the Cayenne product line, a role he switched to from the chassis-development position last July.

The report is one of several about the rumored Apple electric car that has surfaced in recent weeks, with others claiming a battery breakthrough and possible tie-ins with Hyundai and startup Canoo. Most point to a 2024 launch date for the car, which is also expected to feature some degree of self-driving capability.

Manfred Harrer

Manfred Harrer

Apple is tipped to be considering

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Apple reportedly plans production of electric car with ‘breakthrough battery’ in 2024

Watch: Apple targets self-driving car by 2024

Apple will reportedly manufacture and sell its own electric car within four years, the result of a years-long and secretive effort to enter the market.

The tech giant is planning to produce a vehicle with “breakthrough battery technology” in 2024, Reuters reported.

Apple has spent years developing automotive technology, appearing to vary at times between planning to make its own vehicle and building driverless car software.

However, the company has made breakthroughs in battery technology that promise to dramatically decrease the cost of the batteries and improve a vehicle’s range, according to the report. Better batteries continue to be seen as the main obstacle to electric cars becoming mainstream, accounting for most of the higher cost of grid-powered vehicles.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook - AFP
Apple chief executive Tim Cook – AFP

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has warned of “massive change” in the car industry and confirmed

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