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When will the Apple Car launch?

Apple has reportedly delayed production of its self-driving car a few times.

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Quick Answer: The Apple Car is officially dead. Any plans the company had for its self-driving vehicle has been scrapped.

Apple was developing a new automated car to compete with the likes of Tesla and other self-driving vehicles.

Early rumors suggested that Apple would develop a completely autonomous vehicle that wouldn’t require a driver. That was a level of self-driving that no manufacturer was close to yet.

Initial reports suggested that Apple would begin producing the vehicle in 2024, potentially leading to a full release of the Apple Car in 2025.

However, Apple’s vision appeared a bit too ambitious. The company reportedly scrapped the driverless idea and delayed the production of the Apple Car.

When will the Apple Car come out?

Short answer: Not anytime soon.

In a report from December 2022, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claimed that there had been another delay for the Apple Car. The company pushed the launch date back once again, this time to 2026.

Additionally, the company has become a little less ambitious about the car’s self-driving capabilities. It’s no longer pushing for a driverless vehicle.

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An early mockup of the Apple Car from AutoEvolution (Image: AutoEvolution)

Instead, the car would have a traditional steering wheel and pedals. Its self-driving capabilities would be limited to highways, aligning the vehicle with other self-driving capabilities from companies like Tesla.

That meant the car would cost less than we originally thought. Gurman also claimed that Apple had reduced the selling price to less than $100,000. Early expectations said the car would cost around $120,000.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at alex@knowtechie.com

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