American company labels automotive scheme a ‘committed project’ and accelerates toward a 2019 release date. An Apple iCar could be on the road by 2019 as the tech firm puts pedal to the metal on its automotive ambitions.
The American firm has reportedly been given permission to triple the size of its 600 person car team after meeting with officials in California.
This could mean an iCar will be publicly available within four years, although it is unlikely to be driver-less at first.
The scheme is called Project Titan and has already been revving up for more than a year, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Apple is understood to have been on a recruitment drive to help speed its car project along, hiring big hitters from automobile firms like Chrysler.
Apple has already built Car Play, an in-car software platform that connects an iPhone to the car’s entertainment and navigation system.
But it now appears the massive company is moving ahead with plans for an actual vehicle.
Rival tech company Google is already well ahead with plans to build an autonomous car while Elon Musk’s Tesla has luxury electric cars already out in the UK market.
If Apple does release an iCar, an automatic, driver less version is likely to follow.