SEOUL (Reuters) – Hyundai Motor and Apple Inc. plan to sign a partnership agreement on autonomous electric cars by March and begin production in the US around 2024, the local newspaper Korea IT News reported on Sunday.
The report follows a statement from Hyundai Motor on Friday that it said another local media outlet said the companies aimed to launch self-driving electric cars in 2027, after which Hyundai issued about 20% of the shares Huh.
Hyundai Motor declined to comment on the report on Sunday, and repeated Friday’s comments that it had received requests for possible cooperation from various companies on developing autonomous EVs.
Apple had no immediate comment.
An updated version of the IT news report removed details including the production location and capacity and the timeframe for signing the contract and launching the pilot vehicles.
The previous version stated that the companies planned to manufacture cars at the Kia Motors factory in Georgia, or to jointly invest in a new factory to produce 100,000 vehicles around the 2024s in the United States. is. The proposed plant will have a full annual capacity of 400,000 vehicles.
Kia Motors is an affiliate of Hyundai Motor.
The report also stated that Hyundai and Apple plan to release a “beta version” of Apple cars next year.
Reuters reported last month that Apple was moving forward with autonomous car technology and aimed to produce a passenger vehicle that could incorporate its own breakthrough battery technology by 2024.
Reporting by Hyunju Jin; Editing by Ellen Hardcastle and Barbara Lewis