Contract manufacturer Magna Steyr still reportedly has roughly a dozen engineersworking on a car at Apple facilities in Sunnyvale, California, reports AppleInsider and Bloomberg.
The source of the information didn't tell Bloomberg exactly what aspects the engineers are contributing to. However, it hints that Apple is still planning to build a full-fledged vehicle, even with the New York Times suggesting the company is more narrowly concentrated on a self-driving platform. The implication may be that Apple plans to develop self-driving technology first, then shift the focus back to vehicle design.
Magna Steyr AG & Co KG is an automobile manufacturer based in Graz, Austria, where also its primary manufacturing plant is located. Its engineers, develops and assembles automobiles for other companies on a contractual basis. Magna Steyr developed Mercedes-Benz's "4Matic" four-wheel drive (4wd) system, and assembles all E-Class 4Matic models. The company also undertook substantial development on the BMW X3 and manufactured all of original X3s (model code E83), the Aston Martin Rapide and developed several cars on behalf of manufacturers such as the Audi TT, Fiat Bravo and Peugeot RCZ.
On Sept. 10 it was reported that Apple is “rethinking” what it plans to do about self-driving cars, reports The New York Times. The company has shuttered parts of its “Apple Car” project and laid off dozens of employees, the article adds quoting three unnamed “people briefed on the move who were not allowed to speak about it publicly.” Keep in mind that the company has never confirmed any automotive plans beyond its CarPlay initiative.