Apple working on developing an automobile is an open secret for years now, and it is reported that the venture is back on the game. In accordance with a Reuters report, the American tech giant has renewed its automotive efforts- recognized internally as Mission Titan, which is expected to be manufactured by 2024. The project that has been under development since 2014, is set to feature radical battery technology as well.
Mission Titan is to be incorporate with self-driving technology and a newly designed battery described as ‘monocell’ that is said to bulk up the individual cells, freeing up the room by eliminating pouches and modules that hold battery materials to pack in more active material inside the battery, providing a vehicle a potentially longer range.
The company is reportedly experimenting with chemistry for the battery named LFP, or lithium iron phosphate, which is said to be inherently less likely to overheat, and could be a safer alternative to other lithium-ion batteries. As per the reports, the source says that Apple’s battery tech is ‘next level’ and its impression on the world could be ‘like the very first time you saw the iPhone.’
For its autonomous driving tech, Apple may have explored sourcing lidar sensors from outside associates. The report suggests the Apple’s car could get multiple lidar sensors for scanning different distances, and that Apple may also ponder using its own internally-developed lidar units.