The past couple of weeks have been a flurry of Apple Car-related news and rumors, with reports claiming that Hyundai and Apple were in talks to build the company’s rumored “Apple Car”. However, on Friday it was reported that those talks were put on hold and now according to a new report from Bloomberg, those talks have since come to an end.
This was confirmed by Hyundai themselves who said that they are no longer in discussions with Apple about a potential partnership. While they did not state the reason why, it was suggested that the company’s premature announcement did not sit well with Apple. However, there were also reports suggesting that not all Hyundai executives were on board with the idea to begin with.
That being said, this does not necessarily mean that Apple’s plans are delayed. Apple typically works with several manufacturers at the same time to ensure that in the event of any problem, they will have backups. Hyundai wasn’t the only company that Apple was in talks with. It was reported that Apple was also in discussions with at least six Japanese automakers.
The only difference is that Hyundai was the only company to have publicly confirmed that they were in discussions. Either way, it looks like for now and unless something changes, it seems that Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia will no longer be in the race.