Some details have been revealed regarding the design of the Apple Car. The idea is to offer a car that is not quite ordinary. This implies in particular removing elements which nevertheless seem essential nowadays.
According to The Information, Apple would like its car to have neither a steering wheel nor a brake pedal. The company is seeking permission in the United States from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a federal agency responsible for traffic safety in the country, for such a practice.
The Apple Car would also feature four inward-facing seats, allowing passengers to have one-on-one conversations, as well as a curved ceiling resembling the roof of a Volkswagen Beetle. Designers are also reportedly experimenting with a trunk compartment that lifts up for easier access, then lowers automatically when not in use. Similarly, designers would discuss large screens at the seats that raise and lower. Another element, Apple would have considered allowing passengers to lie down and sleep in the vehicle.
Jony Ive, who left Apple in 2019 and was the company’s head of design, remains attached to the project as a consultant. He let the Apple Car team know that he “should rely on the quirkiness of the vehicle’s design and not try to hide its sensors”.
Apple would now seek to find a way to hide its prototype well in order to test on public roads without everyone knowing that it is a manufacturer’s car. As for the release date for the general public, it should be several years away. A rumor had mentioned an arrival in 2025.