Tim Cook dinner drops some hints on Apple’s automobile plans, shares what he thinks of Elon Musk and Tesla


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Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner hinted on the firm’s work in autonomous automobiles, following latest stories that the corporate is in renewed talks to develop its personal automobile.

“The autonomy itself is a core know-how, in my opinion. When you form of step again, the automobile, in loads of methods, is a robotic. An autonomous automobile is a robotic. And so there’s numerous issues you are able to do with autonomy. And we’ll see what Apple does,” Cook dinner said in an interview launched Monday with Kara Swisher on the “Sway” podcast.

“We examine so many issues internally. A lot of them by no means see the sunshine of day. I am not saying that one is not going to,” Cook dinner added.

When requested if Apple was engaged on a automobile itself or the know-how inside a automobile, Cook dinner declined to remark.

“We like to combine {hardware}, software program, and providers, and discover the intersection factors of these as a result of we expect that is the place the magic happens. And so that is what we like to do. And we like to personal the first know-how that is round that,” he stated.

Apple has lengthy been anticipated to get into the auto business with its personal car or promoting its know-how to different automobile makers, and has made quite a lot of strikes indicating it deliberate to take action. Serving to bolster its engineering ranks, the company acquired autonomous car startup Drive.ai in 2019.

An autonomous car may place the corporate towards Tesla, which is rolling out its personal self-driving options. In 2018, Apple employed again Doug Field, then Tesla‘s senior vp of engineering, to presumably work on self-driving automobiles. Apple has additionally introduced in a number of different former Tesla workers, together with former Tesla vp of engineering Michael Schwekutsch, now senior director of engineering for the Particular Tasks Group at Apple.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had even said last year that he as soon as tried to begin talks to promote the corporate to Apple, however Cook dinner declined to take a gathering.

“You recognize, I’ve by no means spoken to Elon, though I’ve nice admiration and respect for the corporate he is constructed. I believe Tesla has executed an unbelievable job of not solely establishing the lead, however maintaining the lead for such a protracted time frame within the EV area. So I’ve nice appreciation for them,” Cook dinner informed Swisher.

Most not too long ago, CNBC reported that Apple was near finalizing a deal with Hyundai-Kia to fabricate an Apple-branded autonomous electrical car on the Kia meeting plant in West Level, Georgia. Nevertheless, the automakers later walked again on the claims.

Listen to the full interview with Tim Cook here.

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