The Apple Car is undoubtedly the craziest and most ambitious project of the Apple brand, but will it ever see the light of day?
While analysts and other sources close to the Apple brand are good sources of information, in the world of rumors, nothing is more sacred than an invention patent. This little piece of paper is proof of a brand’s intention when faced with such and such a technology. Regarding the Cupertino company, these patents are all the more important as the Apple does not like to communicate on its work in progress.
So when the first patents came out a few years ago about an electric and autonomous car, everyone expected a revolution. But finally, in 2022, the “Apple Car” project has still not seen the light of day, and expectations are quite low for the moment. If discussions with Hyundai were made public a few months ago, no one really knows today how advanced the project is.
Patents since 2008
What we do know, however, is that the Apple brand has a strong interest in its idea of an electric car. In recent years, the brand has filed and published no less than 248 patents. According to the latest rumors, the Apple brand is also in the process of refining its car, and discussing with manufacturers to launch production.
According to the latest report from the Nikkei Asia news site, the apple brand has filed a colossal number of patents in recent years, the figure of 248 being an underestimate since it only takes into account published patents. Also according to this report, Apple would not have given up following the failure of negotiations with Hyundai, quite the contrary.
Indeed, the Californian brand would have filed more patents in 2021 than in any other year. But the report goes further, it also goes back in time, in search of the very first patent that links Apple and the automotive world. According to Nikkei Asia, the latter would have been published in 2008, just after the release of the first iPhone.
Apple must find help to finish its Apple Car project
If these first patents focus on the ancestor of CarPlay, it is this technology that would have allowed Apple to bridge the two worlds, before really taking the plunge 5 or 6 years ago. At this time, no one knows when an Apple Car will be available. In his last statements on the subject, the very well-informed Ming-Chi Kuo assured that 2024 was an “optimistic, but credible” option.
As a reminder, the biggest problem of the Apple brand at the moment, the one that had been highlighted during discussions with Hyundai, is the lack of knowledge in the assembly and logistics of such a car. Apple clearly lacks infrastructure and the Apple brand hopes to be able to join forces with a big name in the automotive world to recover this know-how.