Apple continues to face many challenges while developing its first car.
The difficulties of Project Titan have been spoken about more than once, but now there are new details. For example, as it turned out, Apple’s head of software Craig Federighi is very skeptical about the project.
It is with the software part of the project that Apple has problems. Recall that Apple Car, according to all data, is created as an unmanned vehicle, which means that software plays a key role in it. And so far, Apple’s test machines, which are used to test software, are not performing well. They work well on pre-designed routes, but they don’t perform as well in the real world of new tracks.
For example, earlier this year, one such car nearly hit a pedestrian. The software decided to only slightly correct the direction of the car, but the safety driver decided to apply the brakes. Later, Apple came to the conclusion that the car would have hit a person if the driver had not intervened.
Also, Project Titan continues to suffer from staff turnover. That year, its head Doug Field left the project, then the head of machine learning also left Apple due to the need to return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is now overseen by Kevin Lynch, who previously led the creation of watchOS.
It also became known that the former chief designer of Apple, Jony Ive, who continues to work with the Cupertino giant to a certain extent, advised the Project Titan team “to take into account the oddities in the design of the car and not try to hide its sensors.”
The source says the current version of the prototype has four seats facing each other inside the car so passengers can easily communicate with each other. It is also said that the prototype has a curved roof, like the Volkswagen Beetle.
The most expensive cars on eBay: the eight-year-old Ferrari LaFerrari is in the lead
The 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari is currently the most expensive car on eBay. A total of 499 cars were produced.
The car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013 and went into production in June. US models were built between 2014 and 2016, while Ferrari LaFerraris for the rest of the world were built between 2013 and 2016.
This is Ferrari’s first full hybrid and the company’s most powerful car at the time. It is powered by a rear-mid-mounted 6.3-liter direct-injection V12 engine that revs to 9,250 rpm and produces 800 hp. and a torque of 700 Nm, working together with a KERS unit with a power of 163 hp. The total system power reaches 963 hp. It accelerates from 0 to 97 km/h in 2.7 seconds and covers the quarter mile in 10.2 seconds, with a top speed limited to 355 km/h.
The car is painted Nero Daytona black. The fog lamp surrounds, side mirrors, and wheel caps are made of matte carbon fiber. The car features 20-inch forged wheels painted black with carbon ceramic brakes and black calipers.
The eBay listing claims the car is in new condition. In eight years he traveled 1316 km. For this copy they are asking $4,350,000.
Second place on eBay is held by a 1960 Aston Martin DG4GT Zagato worth $3,790,000. Third went to the 2020 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, for which the seller is hoping to fetch $3,599,950.
Mitsubishi teases a completely new type of mystery car
Mitsubishi is working on a new vehicle aimed at outdoor enthusiasts, which it plans to unveil next month at the Japan Mobility Show 2023.
The manufacturer published a single teaser and confirmed that the mystery car will be electrified to some extent. Mitsubishi says it provides “peace of mind in any weather and on any road”, hinting at all-wheel drive.
Perhaps it’s a minivan or even a motorhome. The single image shows the silhouette of a tall car with T-shaped daytime running lights flanked by an illuminated Mitsubishi logo. An additional set of headlights is installed vertically.
At the upcoming event, Mitsubishi intends to showcase “a unique, fulfilling mobile lifestyle that awakens the spirit of adventure in drivers.”
Japan Mobility Show 2023 will be held at the country’s largest exhibition center, Tokyo Big Sight, from October 25 to November 5.
Alfa Romeo has become profitable and is set to break its car delivery record, which has stood for more than 30 years.
In an interview with Autocar, CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said Alfa Romeo was already profitable, adding that the future looked bright. The company’s CEO estimates that annual deliveries could reach 90,000 vehicles in 2023, with a significant increase by the middle of the decade.
Imparato predicts Alfa Romeo will break its sales record in 2025, which sounds like an ambitious target given the brand’s record of 223,643 units. It was recorded back in 1990, when the lineup was much more diverse than it is today. In 2024, the family will expand with the release of a small crossover, positioned below the Tonale. The B-segment crossover, sister to the Fiat 600 and Jeep Avenger, will be the first Alfa Romeo model to offer a purely electric powertrain.
Imparato noted that Alfa Romeo is not chasing volumes, but is prioritizing profit margins, which he hopes will reach at least 10%. He added that healthy cash flow will create new opportunities for additional vehicles. The CEO suggested that a revival of the Giulietta was possible in the long term. This compact hatchback was discontinued at the end of 2020.
The next-generation Giulia and Stelvio have already been confirmed to switch to an all-electric powertrain in the coming years, with larger US-focused models planned for the second half of the decade.
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