With Apple reportedly looking to bring an autonomous battery-car to market, there are growing signs the U.S. high-tech giant could pair with German automaker BMW, possibly to produce a customized version of the BMW i3 city car.
The two companies confirmed they met last year, but the discussions initially led nowhere, Apple apparently exploring the option of producing a vehicle entirely on its own. But the Silicon Valley firm has apparently decided to follow a path more like tech rival Google, which would mean partnering on a vehicle project rather than going into automotive manufacturing.
While Google has openly discussed its automotive ambitions – the company now rolling out a fleet of prototype, so-called “Google Cars” near its California headquarters, the notoriously secret Apple has been unwilling to discuss its plans. (more…)