While it’s interesting that Apple could be interested in making its own cars, we did express our skepticism in their efforts, namely because Apple has no knowledge when it comes to making cars, or at least no experience. However, it turns out that Apple might have a manufacturing partner in Hyundai.
This was initially reported by the Korea Economic Daily where they claimed that Hyundai was in negotiations with Apple about potentially being one of the manufacturers for the rumored Apple Car. What’s interesting now is that Hyundai seems to have confirmed at least part of the report, according to a statement the company issued to CNBC’s Chery Kang.
According to Hyundai’s initial statement, “We understand that Apple is in discussion with a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor. As the discussion is at its early stage, nothing has been decided.” The company later revised the statement which removed Apple from it.
“We’ve been receiving requests of potential cooperation from diverse companies regarding development of autonomous driving EVs, but no decisions have been made as discussions are in early stage.” What this seems to suggest is that the Apple Car is indeed real, but whether or not it will be made by Hyundai is a different story. It’s an interesting development, although if previous reports are accurate, it could be at least 5-7 years before we see it.