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Apple Nears Deal with Hyundai-Kia to Build the Apple Car…Finally

More than a decade of rumors surrounding the possibility of an Apple Car may soon unfold into an actual automobile.

CNBC is reporting Apple officials are nearing a deal with Hyundai-Kia to manufacture the automobile.

Apple is reportedly developing the car completely in-house. The company is allegedly looking for a partner that will allow Apple to control the hardware and software in the automobile.

CNBC reports the company hopes to have the car in production by 2024. Apple reportedly wants the car to be built in the United States, and made clear the car will not be a Kia model loaded with Apple gear.

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Kia Motors factory in West Point, Georgia. This is the likely place where the Apple Car would be manufactured if they get the contract. | Photo courtesy Kia Motors

It has been known for weeks that Apple was in discussion with Hyundai, after the Korean automaker confirmed the conversations. The company has already been working on its own autonomous driving solution with Irish firm Aptiv.

The agreement would be beneficial to both companies. Apple finds a manufacturer for its product and Hyundai-Kia is able to further its research and development of autonomous electric vehicles.

“The first Apple Cars will not be designed to have a driver,” said one source with knowledge of the current plan. “These will be autonomous, electric vehicles designed to operate without a driver and focused on the last mile.”

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The release of an Apple Car, would likely put the company squarely in competition with automaker Tesla. Tesla would have the headstart, but that level of competition could speed development as they work to outdo one another.

As always, Apple has worked hard to keep the lid on anything to do with the Apple Car. We don’t know what it will feature, how it will look or even when we’ll get our first glimpse.

With that said, if they’re in talks with manufacturers, that time is growing near.

Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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