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Apple Pulls The Plug On ‘Titan’ – EV Car Project; Know Why Steve Jobs’s Dream Hit Dead End

In 2014, Apple lifted the veil of secrecy and launched Project Titan. Hundreds of dedicated employees were assigned to this covert project, signaling Apple's serious foray into the creation of an electric vehicle. The initial design concepts bore a resemblance to a minivan, reflecting Apple's commitment to making a substantial impact on the electric vehicle market.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 29, 2024 13:09 IST
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Apple Pulls The Plug On ‘Titan’ – EV Car Project

After a decade of relentless effort, Apple has made the tough call to terminate its ambitious Apple Car project, a venture that held the promise of propelling the tech giant to unprecedented heights. The roots of the Apple Car trace back to the visionary days of Steve Jobs, where he and a former senior VP engaged in discussions, sketching out the contours of their ideal automobile. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that Apple took a decisive step towards realizing this dream, initiating a clandestine endeavor dubbed ‘Titan’ to delve into the realm of electric vehicles.

Exploring the Journey

Over the course of the past ten years, the Apple Car project, akin to a rollercoaster ride, navigated through highs and lows. This narrative unfolds the significant milestones and challenges that marked Apple’s journey into the automotive domain.

2014 – Titan Unveiled

In 2014, Apple lifted the veil of secrecy and launched Project Titan. Hundreds of dedicated employees were assigned to this covert project, signaling Apple’s serious foray into the creation of an electric vehicle. The initial design concepts bore a resemblance to a minivan, reflecting Apple’s commitment to making a substantial impact on the electric vehicle market, akin to its revolutionary strides in the smartphone arena.

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2020 – Aiming for 2024

The year 2020 marked a pivotal moment when Apple, as per a Reuters report, aimed for a 2024 release of its passenger vehicle. The project promised more than just an electric car; it hinted at groundbreaking battery technology that could redefine the industry’s standards, offering an extended range at a significantly reduced cost.

2022 – Autonomous Setback

In a turn of events in 2022, Bloomberg reported a shift in Apple’s self-driving car plans. The vision of a fully autonomous vehicle, without a steering wheel or pedals, proved impractical with the existing technological landscape. Consequently, Apple postponed its launch to 2026, redirecting its efforts towards developing a Tesla-like self-driving system that retained human intervention and limited full autonomy to highways.

2024 – Project Titan’s Demise

The climax of the Apple Car saga unfolded on February 27, 2024, as Apple communicated the project’s termination to its 2,000-member strong team. The initially modest-sized project had evolved into a massive undertaking, grappling with the complexities of car manufacturing. The decision included a strategic shift – the winding down of Project Titan and the reallocation of the team to Apple’s artificial intelligence division. Led by executive John Giannandrea, the team would now focus on advancing generative AI, emphasizing a transition from the physical challenges of building a car to the intellectual frontier of artificial intelligence.

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The Aftermath and Potential Influencers

While the news of Project Titan’s demise sent shockwaves, investors found reassurance, evident in the subsequent surge in Apple’s shares. Beyond the spotlight on generative AI, the decision might also be influenced by the deceleration in electric vehicle (EV) sales growth in the United States. Challenges related to the lack of charging infrastructure appeared to shift consumer preferences towards hybrid vehicles over all-electric ones.

First published on: Feb 29, 2024 01:08 PM IST

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