With Apple firmly on the Apple Car, another company decided to bring us the closest thing to the official announcement. Vanarama, a UK-based car rental broker, has developed a very detailed series of rendering of the Apple Car based on Apple’s genuine patents, a Digital Trends report reveals.
The topic of the Apple Car has been going around for years now, but speculation reached new heights last year when tech giants surfaced reports that they could build their own electric vehicles (EVs) by 2024. At the beginning of this year, announcement of partnership between EV automaker Fisker & iPhone manufacturer Foxconn added fuel to fire.
Vanarama has no partnership with Apple & its new renders is essentially a promotional stunt, not really adding anything concrete to the rumor pile. But the fact that they take real- patents into consideration gives them a touch of credibility and gives us a window to the possible look of the Apple Car. Of course, the patent probably doesn’t show what the finished model looks like. But the details are fascinating, and when the official revelation from Apple comes, you have to wonder how close it is to a shared image.
Imagine an Apple Car
The image shows an electric car following the example of a Tesla Cybertruck with a retro-futuristic sensibility. It also seems to have been inspired by Hyundai’s solar panel roofed Ioniq 5EV, which adds a modern twist to first production vehicle, the 1974 Hyundai Pony. The exterior design is not mentioned in Apple’s patents, so it’s a pure Vanarama guess.
However, the feature from the 2019 Apple patent, however, the coach style with no center pillar between the front & rear doors. This type of design usually cannot be performed due to the loss of structural strength & crash protection. However, Apple’s patent details how to add a diagonal support section to account for reduced rigidity.
Not surprisingly, inside this speculative Apple car, there’s a large, full-striped screen with Siri integrated. The first report of an Apple EV project called Project Titan dates back to 2014. The report at the time highlighted how Apple could transfer its smartphone and computer expertise to the automotive market to create outstanding vehicles with unparalleled infotainment systems & Autonomous driving features. However, in 2019 Apple fired 200 employees working on Project Titan, and it is believed that the focus may have changed now.
Surprisingly little is known about Apple Car, except for rumors about the possibility of a partnership with a car maker. For now, these new versions provide an attractive look about what an Apple Car will look like.