Quanta Reportedly Supplying Apple With 'Autonomous Driving Solutions'

While the status of Apple's electric vehicle plans are unclear at this point, hit-or-miss DigiTimes reports that Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer is currently supplying Apple with unspecified "autonomous driving solutions."

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An excerpt from the paywalled report, emphasis ours:
With the test of its autonomous vehicle, Quanta is now able to prove its ability in designing an autonomous driving platform, which is expected to assist the company to obtain more partnerships, said the sources, adding that Quanta is currently one of the suppliers of Google's and Apple's autonomous driving solutions.
Quanta recently confirmed that it has developed and tested its first autonomous vehicle on closed tracks in the United States, according to the report, allowing it to "prove its ability in designing an autonomous driving platform." Quanta did not reveal details of the vehicle or the tests.

While noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that a so-called "Apple Car" could launch by 2025, in line with various reports claiming that Apple has been developing an electric vehicle, other reports have suggested that Apple has been focused solely on underlying autonomous technologies and systems.

Quanta is best known as the primary assembler of the Apple Watch since 2015, but a separate DigiTimes report claimed that the company may stop assembling the Apple Watch in 2020 due to "profit concerns."

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5 weeks ago


Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.
A hybrid car is a better solution, specially one that works like a Prius.


How is that different than... “once I run out of gas I am stuck?”

If you can handle managing a fuel gauge or a cell phone battery you should be fine managing a EV.
Rating: 20 Votes
5 weeks ago


Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.


I think that applies just to about anything that has a battery. ? But I don’t know anyone with a Tesla ‘that’s run out of battery’ where they’ve been stuck. It’s like anything, you monitor your battery usage where that doesn’t happen, not to Mention, fast charging stations are expanding all the time.
Rating: 7 Votes
5 weeks ago
Digitimes rumor? pass. Let’s move on, folks. The only rumors they got right are the obvious ones.
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Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.
A hybrid car is a better solution, specially one that works like a Prius.

My Tesla drives far better than a hybrid. Never need to worry about gas for the daily commute as I always start the day with a full battery. Never need to spend 5-10 minutes a week getting gas, only takes 5 seconds to plug in everyday.
Rating: 5 Votes
5 weeks ago
Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.
A hybrid car is a better solution, specially one that works like a Prius.
Rating: 5 Votes
5 weeks ago


Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.
A hybrid car is a better solution, specially one that works like a Prius.


I like them too. My problem with Prius is what do I do when I’m out of battery and then also run out of gasoline? I’m stuck! It’s a serious design flaw.
Rating: 4 Votes
5 weeks ago


Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.
A hybrid car is a better solution, specially one that works like a Prius.


Let's see the difference.

Electric
No transmission
No valves, camshaft, crankshaft, oil pressure, and many more ICE parts
Add battery and long lasting electric motor.

Hybrid
All the parts of an ICE car
Add battery and long lasting electric motor
Add mechanical interlink parts

No comparison!
Rating: 4 Votes
5 weeks ago
In the spirit of the rest of Apple products, the wheel wells on the iCar will be sealed. If you want new tires, you'll need to replace the entire car. :cool:
Rating: 4 Votes
5 weeks ago
I agree. Owned a used 2014 Tesla S for a while and decided to trade it in and buy a 2017 Model X (again, used). I can't afford a brand new Tesla, but after someone else has eaten the initial depreciation -- they've become possible. And honestly, even a brand new Model 3 is finally in my "possible to swing the monthly payments on" range, too. But I wanted something a little bit bigger than that.

I've lost just about all interest in owning another vehicle that uses gasoline. And I was a Jeep Wrangler 4x4 and a sports car owner before this! You can't really buy anything from Tesla (yet!) that substitutes for the Wrangler - especially with the modifications I'd done to mine like the winch and rock rails on the sides. But Bollinger is working on a possible option. And it'll probably be on the market with used ones available cheaper by the time I'm financially ready to buy something else, anyway.

Once you spend the money running a dedicated 220 volt, 60 amp circuit out to your garage and wall mount a charger -- that's another incentive to stick with electric vehicles. At least, it is for me!

People always try to "educate" me on why it wasn't financially smart to pay more for a Tesla, because "you'd never use enough gasoline over the time you own it to offset what you're paying for one". But they don't get it. To me, there's the value in never having to stop for gas, because like you say -- it charges overnight and that's plenty for everyplace I ever drive during a typical day. So it adds convenience and saves time, as well as the cost of the gas purchases. The power it uses has a cost, but it's probably like paying about $1/gallon for gas. Doesn't put a noticeable dent in my monthly electric bill. And meanwhile, I'm driving a vehicle with instant torque and acceleration that blows away any of the gasoline powered vehicles I owned before. I'm enjoying technology like a GPS that's linked to Google and gives me live traffic information without paying some auto-maker $150 or more per year for an updated map DVD. I'm getting regular software updates downloaded to the car, too. So no more going in to the dealer for a flash update, and potentially paying for it, IF you can even find out it's available. And Tesla is even paying for a full time LTE cellular connection on the car, so I get built in streaming Internet radio at no charge. Saves me the $100+ per year I used to pay for Sirius/XM to listen to a similar but inferior music mix!

They're also super quiet when driving, and while they have their own maintenance challenges? At least you rarely hear of a motor failing on one, vs problems with car engines. And if they did fail, they're covered for 8 years and unlimited miles -- which is better than any factory engine warranty I've seen on ICE vehicles?




I have never gotten stuck with my Tesla, but it does take a tiny bit of planning.

In daily use it takes as much planning as charging your phone. I have power in my garage, so I just come home and plug in. In the morning the car is topped off.

On trips. the Tesla itself does most of that for you since when you punch in a destination it adds in charging stops and time along the way. But it does depend where you drive. On almost all major roads in the US there are Superchargers or other fast DC chargers, which quickly fill the car, usually 20-30 minutes or less. They tend to be co-located with restaurants so by the time you eat and use the restroom the car is ready to go. In a pinch you can use AC chargers, and some of those are free, but they are slower. I usually only use those when I stop for the evening.

All and all I can't ever see buying another ICE car. Our other car, a BMW 3 series, just collects dust. We drive it maybe once a month to keep the battery charged.

Rating: 3 Votes
5 weeks ago


Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.
A hybrid car is a better solution, specially one that works like a Prius.


"I love the Macbook Pro! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck."
"I love the iPhone! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck."
"I love the iPad! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck."
"I love my Galaxy Note 8! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck."
"I love my Toyota Prius! Just that once it runs out of gas, you are stuck."
Rating: 3 Votes
5 weeks ago


Aaah, I love the Tesla! Just that once it runs out of battery, you are stuck.
A hybrid car is a better solution, specially one that works like a Prius.


I have never gotten stuck with my Tesla, but it does take a tiny bit of planning.

In daily use it takes as much planning as charging your phone. I have power in my garage, so I just come home and plug in. In the morning the car is topped off.

On trips. the Tesla itself does most of that for you since when you punch in a destination it adds in charging stops and time along the way. But it does depend where you drive. On almost all major roads in the US there are Superchargers or other fast DC chargers, which quickly fill the car, usually 20-30 minutes or less. They tend to be co-located with restaurants so by the time you eat and use the restroom the car is ready to go. In a pinch you can use AC chargers, and some of those are free, but they are slower. I usually only use those when I stop for the evening.

All and all I can't ever see buying another ICE car. Our other car, a BMW 3 series, just collects dust. We drive it maybe once a month to keep the battery charged.
Rating: 2 Votes

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