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Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026

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A Canoo prototype electric van on display in Los Angeles last year.

The latest changes underscore the challenge Apple faces in pushing into an entirely new product category and taking on technological obstacles that have bedeviled some of the world’s biggest companies.

Credit: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. has scaled back ambitious self-driving plans for its future electric vehicle and postponed the car's target launch date by about a year to 2026, according to people with knowledge of the matter. 

The car project, dubbed Titan inside the company, has been in limbo for the past several months as Apple executives grappled with the reality that its vision for a fully autonomous vehicle — without a steering wheel or pedals — isn't feasible with current technology.

In a significant shift for the project, the company is now planning a less-ambitious design that will include a steering wheel and pedals and only support full autonomous capabilities on highways, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.


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