Apple running secret car research lab in Germany
Apple's long-rumoured electric car aka 'Project Titan' returns to the spotlight as the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung throws some light on the company's secret vehicle research and development lab in Berlin.
The report explains that the firm has hired a core team of 15-20 engineers from several German car makers who are known to be experts in their fields.
Apple is planning to hire the services of Austria-based automaker Magna to build its electric car which is likely to come without self-driving capabilities. The car will be based on the vehicle-sharing model from BMW's Drive-Now and European Sixt car rental service.
Magna has the reputation of designing high-end and limited edition vehicles such as Mini Paceman and Clubman from the BMW stable. It currently owns a contract for building over 100,000 vehicles for BMW in the next seven years.
Apple was rumoured to be in talks with the Austria-based Magna to discuss potential business prospects with designing the electric car. In February 2015, Samsung SDI acquired Magna's battery pack unit for an undisclosed sum.