On the morning of December 21, Taiwan, China, reported that Apple’s first prototype electric car, the apple car, has been on the road in California and will be released in the third quarter of next year, at least two years ahead of the original plan. < / P > < p > a few hours later, at the end of the U.S. stock market on Monday, a Reuters report revealed more details, not only mentioning the time node of Apple’s “car building” plan, but also exposing a lot of technical details. < p > < p > Reuters quoted a person familiar with the matter as saying that apple is promoting the research and development of automatic driving technology, and hopes to launch a model to ordinary consumers within a few years, which may carry Apple’s breakthrough battery technology. < / P > < p > the report said that this battery technology is the core of Apple’s “car building” strategy, which is expected to “greatly” reduce battery costs and increase vehicle life. < / P > < p > to achieve this, Apple plans to adopt a unique single cell design, so that all the cells are directly integrated together, so as to eliminate the space waste between the cells of traditional battery pack. In this way, more battery materials can be used in the same space to achieve greater endurance. < / P > < p > on the choice of battery materials, apple is considering using lithium iron phosphate, the report said. This is also the material used in the domestic Tesla Model 3 entry-level battery, which has better safety than other lithium-ion batteries such as ternary lithium-ion batteries, and is less prone to thermal runaway. < / P > < p > in terms of vehicle perception of the outside world, Tesla relies heavily on camera vision technology and scoffs at lidar sensors. < / P > < p > Tesla CEO musk has previously said that even if the lidar sensor is free, he will not use it. Last month, he also mentioned that the reality displayed by lidar is like a strange ghost world. Except for metal, almost everything is translucent, which is meaningless for automatic driving. < / P > < p > however, this view has not been approved by peers. Xiaopeng automobile, a new force of Chinese car making, is the most obvious one. At the Guangzhou auto show last month, he Xiaopeng, CEO of Xiaopeng, announced that the software and hardware system of the next generation of automatic driving of Xiaopeng will be greatly upgraded, and the first mass production intelligent car equipped with lidar will be launched in 2021. < / P > < p > for apple, even if it hasn’t started to build a car, it has already played with lidar very well. From the initial application in iPad pro to the iPhone 12 Pro Series mobile phones released this year, they are equipped with lidar sensors to improve the photographing ability with its perception of three-dimensional space.
according to Reuters reports, Apple has decided to get the parts needed by the autopilot system from partners, including Lidar sensors. Apple’s vehicles may use a variety of lidar sensors to detect different distance ranges, some of which may come from Apple’s internal design. < / P > < p > as early as 2013, Apple launched the “IOS in the car” vehicle system at the annual meeting of global software developers, and announced that it began to set foot in the automotive field. < / P > < p > in 2015, the media reported that Apple recruited hundreds of employees to start “building cars” with the project code of “Titan”, and the team will work in a private place a few miles away from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. < / P > < p > after all kinds of disturbances, in 2018, the news about Apple’s car building finally added a documentary hammer. In October 2018, Doug & middot; field, former Tesla number three and senior vice president in charge of vehicle R & D and manufacturing, updated his LinkedIn identity: VP of Apple’s special projects group. < / P > < p > after Doug & middot; field disclosed his identity, some media immediately found that according to the incomplete statistics of LinkedIn, there are nearly 1200 employees under Apple SPG, including more than 300 from Tesla and more than 170 from Ford. Apple’s goal is to start production in 2024, but epidemic related factors could delay that to 2025 or even beyond, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
, a Reuters report quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that in addition to building Apple brand cars, apple is also likely to sharply reduce the “car making” plan, creating an automatic driving system and providing it to traditional car companies. < / P > < p > according to the report, Apple had held talks with Magna, one of the world’s largest auto parts manufacturers, but the move was not settled due to Apple’s unclear plan. < / P > < p > for the OEM, in order to ensure profits, the automobile enterprises are usually required to meet certain output requirements. “To find a reliable OEM, the annual output needs to reach 100000 vehicles, and it will increase in the future,” the report said. It’s a big challenge for apple to enter the new auto industry. < / P > < p > although Apple may be several years away from building a real car, it has been seen as a threat to Tesla. Monday was the first day Tesla was included in the standard & Poor’s 500 index, but its share price fell sharply by 6.49%. Continue ReadingASMC, a lithography maker, was one of TSMC’s 14 top suppliers last year