The Apple Car Has A History


Source Apple Insider 


"Apple Car" Timeline

2021

FEBRUARY

  • Nissan shows interest in manufacturing "Apple Car"
  • Apple and Kia discussions put on hold despite nearing a deal
  • "Apple Car" won't have a steering wheel says analyst
  • Dr. Manfred Harrer, former head of Porsche's Cayenne joins Apple

JANUARY

  • Apple reportedly requested 100,000 cars be produced in $3.6 billion deal
  • Hyundai confirms being in talks with Apple
  • Apple reportedly in talks with Hyundai to manufacture "Apple Car" using subsidiary Kia
  • Report says don't expect "Apple Car" for another five to seven years

2020

DECEMBER

  • Apple reportedly producing car with "next level" battery technology
  • Supply chain reports say "Apple Car" could launch in September 2021
  • Apple rumored to be working with TSMC on processors for the "Apple Car"
  • John Giannandrea moved to oversee "Project Titan"

SEPTEMBER

  • Apple reports how LiDAR systems capture Apple Maps data

JUNE

  • NHTSA introduces voluntary program for companies to report where self-driving cars are being tested called AV TEST

MAY

  • Apple to retain "bumper to bumper" control of the "Apple Car" says Morgan Stanley
  • Apple researching use of Tesla-style induction motor according to a new patent

FEBRUARY

  • Apple reports 23 self-driving vehicles to the DMV

2019

DECEMBER

  • Apple representatives ask the federal court to closely monitor the former employees accused of stealing trade secrets

JULY

  • Steve MacManus, auto interior export formerly with Tesla joins Apple

JUNE

  • Apple acquires Drive.ai

MAY

  • Report claims Apple building multiple large drive rooms in California for working on improving battery technology

APRIL

  • Apple reports 69 self-driving vehicles to the DMV
  • Apple reportedly in talks with suppliers for LiDAR sensors destined for "Project Titan"

MARCH

  • Michael Schwekutsch, former VP of engineering at Tesla joins Apple
  • Tim Cook says future products will "blow you away" as company is "rolling the dice"

FEBRUARY

  • German report says "Apple Car" will be a van
  • DMV report shows Apple's self-driving system was worst-performing in terms of disengagements, or drivers assuming control

JANUARY

  • Jizhong Chen arrested for alleged theft of trade secrets
  • 200 employees shifted or laid off from "Project Titan"
  • Alexander Hitzinger leaves Apple for Volkswagen

2018

DECEMBER

  • Andrew Kim, former senior designer at Tesla joins Apple

NOVEMBER

  • Apple reports 72 self-driving vehicles to the DMV

AUGUST

  • First registered car accident involving Apple's self-driving program, other driver at fault
  • Report says Apple hired 46 people from Tesla throughout 2018
  • Doug Field, former VP of Mac hardware who joined Tesla returns to Apple

JULY

  • Xiaolang Zhang, former "Project Titan" compute team member arrested for alleged theft of trade secrets
  • Apple reports 66 self-driving vehicles to the DMV

JUNE

  • Jamie Waydo, former senior engineer at Waymo joins Apple

MAY

  • PAIL shuttles linked to Volkswagen
  • Apple reports 55 self-driving vehicles to the DMV

APRIL

  • John Giannandrea, former Google AI chief joins Apple

MARCH

  • Apple reports 45 self-driving vehicles to the DMV

JANUARY

  • Apple reports 27 self-driving vehicles to the DMV, up from three

2017

DECEMBER

  • Apple AI research director Ruslan Salakhutdinov spoke at the NIPS machine learning conference, mentions how camera-based recognition can detect objects obscured by rain and parked cars

NOVEMBER

  • Apple releases research paper that explains LiDAR-based 3D object recognition
  • Report says Apple leased a former Fiat Chrysler proving grounds in Surprise, Arizona

AUGUST

  • 17 engineers specializing in braking, suspension, and other systems leave Apple for Zoox
  • The hiring freeze on "Project Titan" ends
  • Sensor testbed upgraded on vehicles with new LiDAR array, GPS, cameras, and other items
  • Report says Apple partnered with an established automaker to create a self-driving service for employees called PAIL

JULY

  • Claims suggest Apple partnered with China's CATL on automotive battery research

JUNE

  • Report claims Apple partners with Hertz to test self-driving technology
  • Tim Cook teases automotive initiatives calling it a "core technology" and "the mother of all AI projects"

APRIL

  • Apple requests DMV alter protocols surrounding test reporting to minimize public exposure
  • Cars owned by Apple were spotted with LiDAR sensors, radar arrays, and cameras
  • Documents around Apple's self-driving vehicle leak, showing training details and use of a Logitech wheel and pedals for control
  • Apple gains California DMV permit for testing on public roads

MARCH

  • Reports say Apple was recruiting experts in computer vision and robotics for a research facility in Switzerland
  • Chinese company Didi Chuxing set up AI lab in Mountain View, California

JANUARY

  • Apple VP Lisa Jackson included in US Department of Transportation advisory committee for self-driving vehicles
  • Chris Lattner, Swift creator at Apple leaves for Tesla

2016

DECEMBER

  • Alaxander Hitzinger, former technical director of the Porsche LMP1 project joins Apple

NOVEMBER

  • Apple requests a policy update to the NHTSA to grant newcomers the same opportunities as established manufacturers for public road testing

OCTOBER

  • Reports suggest that "Apple Car" as a vehicle had stalled as the company focuses on features for existing vehicles
  • Apple pushes project to prove the practicality of a self-driving feature by late 2017
  • "Hundreds" reported having been fired or quit the car project

AUGUST

  • Apple fires dozens of employees as part of "Project Titan" reboot
  • Bart Nabbe, computer vision expert at Apple leaves for Faraday Future

JULY

  • Dan Dodge, former CEO of BlackBerry owned QNX joins Apple
  • Bob Mansfield takes over as head of "Project Titan"

MAY

  • Apple talks to firms about car charging solutions
  • Apple invests $1 billion in Chinese company Didi Chuxing
  • Apple seeks an 800,000 square-foot plot in San Fransisco Bay
  • Kurt Adelberger, former Google researcher joins Apple

APRIL

  • Kevin Harvey, former CNC machine shop supervisor for Andretti Autosport joins Apple
  • David Masiukiewicz, former R&D hardware prototyping CNC programmer at Tesla joins Apple
  • Chris Porritt, former VP of vehicle engineering at Tesla joins Apple
  • Report says Apple has 15 to 20 employees from German auto industry working in a secret car lab in Berlin
  • Report says Apple using names from Greek mythology to refer to buildings in Sunnyvale, possible connection to "Project Titan"

MARCH

  • Apple leased a 96,000 square-foot warehouse in Sunnyvale that was previously used for bottling Pepsi

FEBRUARY

  • Apple is awarded a building permit for a 9,600 square-foot space and another building for an "auto testing center"
  • A noise complaint about motor noises in an Apple-owned Sunnyvale property is filed

JANUARY

  • Jony Ive expressed displeasure at "Project Titan" causing a hiring freeze
  • Steve Zadesky leaves Apple and "Project Titan"
  • Ottawa, Canada office leased by Apple near BlackBerry automotive software offices
  • Apple acquires new domain names related to "Apple Car"

2015

NOVEMBER

  • Ronan O Braonain, former BMW software engineer joins Apple

OCTOBER

  • Jonathan Cohen, former director of Nvidia CUDA Libraries and Software Solutions joins Apple
  • Mission Motors closes due to losing top talent to Apple
  • Elon Musk says Apple is a "Tesla Graveyard"

SEPTEMBER

  • Apple lawyers met with the California DMV
  • Reports suggest Apple's poaching of Tesla employees cause delay of Model 3
  • Other hires related to self-driving car algorithms occur

AUGUST

  • Jamie Carlson, former Tesla senior engineer joins Apple
  • Apple acquires 43-acre plot in San Jose
  • Apple seeks 2,100-acre property near San Fransisco

MARCH

  • SixtyEight Research building discovered to have ties to Apple

FEBRUARY

  • Vans with mysterious equipment owned by Apple seen driving in California
  • Report claims Steve Zadesky was running "Project Titan"

2014

NOVEMBER

  • Vehicle focused "Project Titan" leaks
  • SixtyEight Research licensed as foreign corporation in California
  • Johann Jungwirth, former Mercedes-Benz R&D joins Apple

MARCH

  • SixtyEight Research registered