Though Apple’s automobile plans (known by the nicknames of “Project Titan” andthe “Apple Car”) have reportedly been scaled back, sources who asked not to be identified tell Apple World Today this is far from true. Instead, Apple is basing its self-driving car on its most popular product: the iPhone.
The “iPhone Car” will be called the “iCar” and be available in a glossy jet black, black, silver, gold, and rose gold editions. Powered by electricity, its battery will last hundreds of miles. A full charge will take about an hour by connecting the super-sized Lightning port on the iCar to a power outlet.
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The Apple automobile will have a smooth finish and slightly rectangular shape with rounded edges. There are no keys or ignition switches. You open the vehicle and power it up via Touch ID.
CarPlay, Maps, Contacts and other Apple will be hard-wired into the iCar. Though you can manually override the auto-pilot, the Apple vehicle is designed to be voice activated and self-driving. You simply enter, fire up the vehicle, and say a command such as “Hey Siri, take me to Aunt Joyce’s house” or “Hey, Siri, drive me to the Macaroni Grill for my 9 p.m. reservation.”
Pricing starts at $80,000. The frame of the iCar is fairly durable, but you can have a protective body case added for $10,000 for added durability. Apple will also be offering an iCar Upgrade Program ($30,000 annually) that lets you trade in your vehicle for a brand new model every 12 months.
The iCar will be a four-seater vehicle. However, Apple will also offer a six-seater edition (the iCar Plus) starting at $100,000 and a two-seater model (the iCar mini) starting at $60,000.