Apple could create a special operating system for managing the Apple Car, just like Tesla does with its own cars.
According to the latest rumors, Apple’s first self-driving electric car will adopt an embedded operating system. A Korean supplier will assist Apple in the development of the Domain Control Unit (DCU) autonomous driving sensor.
The news could indicate that the Apple Car will have an integrated operating system, which will probably be based on iOS and iPadOS with an interface similar to that of CarPlay. This would guarantee Apple a perfect combination of hardware and software to handle all of the car’s advanced functions.
A similar approach has been taken by Tesla, which uses a custom Linux operating system powered by an Intel Atom processor in its cars. The central control unit handles navigation and entertainment, including audio and games, cameras and more. Since the Apple Car is expected to compete directly with Tesla, Apple’s strategy could be very similar.
As for the timing, the first Apple Car could be presented between 2025 and 2027.