The big picture: Apple is up again, the electric car project shuts down again, it's said to be revitalized, and nearly four years later it's gone into high gear through a test drive window. The company certainly has the funds to fund the project, but has it developed the advanced technology yet to make it a reality?
Sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg (paid, via MacRumors) that Apple has renewed its interest in the project and has shifted its focus to automotive capabilities. p>>
Apple. At least since 2014, when Tim Cook confirmed the role of CEO of Titan, he has been interested in entering the auto industry. Rumors have spread everywhere over the years, from an all-electric Apple car to a self-driving car, partnerships with existing automakers including BMW and Hyundai, and just about everything. p>
There are even rumors that Apple will abandon the project and focus instead on building automated driving software for other automakers, but it now appears that Apple will move on after Kevin Lynch, its vice president of technology, had ramped up his interest in the project last summer in building his own car. Bloomberg notes that Apple has reached a "milestone" in developing its in-car system, and describes the chip it made as the most advanced component that Apple has yet to come up with. It mainly consists of neural processors that perform tasks based on the artificial intelligence needed to drive cars. However, the chip can run hot, forcing Apple to develop an advanced cooling system to prevent overheating. p>