Sunday 18 March 2018

Google, Apple sniff out 'own car' opportunities

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Emile Laurac

The worlds of computers and cars are getting closer with the news that Google has its own car company and BMW and Apple might rekindle a courtship.

According to the Guardian, Google has already got its own carmaker firm. It's called Google Auto which is registered with national and international organisations as a passenger vehicle manufacturer, and was licensed last year as a car maker in California. Google apparently has declined to comment on this story.

Meanwhile Apple chief executive Tim Cook went to BMW's headquarters last year and senior Apple executives toured the carmaker's Leipzig factory to learn how it manufactures the i3 electric car, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

The dialogue ended without conclusion because Apple appears to want to explore developing a passenger car on its own.

Significantly now, however, one of the sources said exploratory talks between senior managers may be revived at a later stage.

Indo Motoring

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