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Apple Nearing Deal With Hyundai-Kia, Autonomous Cars Are Coming

The idea of Apple Cars has been around for years, but on Wednesday, we got one step closer to that reality. CNBC reports that Apple is close to finalizing a deal with Hyundai-Kia to help manufacture Apple-branded vehicles.

Why Hyundai-Kia? Your guess is as good as mine, but it looks like this thing is going to be a go. As if that wasn’t enough, the electric vehicle is expected to be fully autonomous. In other words, it won’t be designed to operate with a driver.

According to the report, the Apple Car will go into production in 2024. An assembly plant in West Point, Georgia will be responsible for producing the revolutionary vehicles.

So, what are these things going to operate like? According to 9to5Mac, Hyundai’s spec sheet has a few interesting tidbits. First off, the top speed is expected to be 160 miles per hour, and it will go 0-to-60 in less than 3.5 seconds.

More importantly, it will go up 300 miles on a single charge, and unlike our iPhones, it can have an 80 percent charge in only 18 minutes. Why my phone can’t do the same, I’ll never know — but that’s beside the point.

In order to get this thing off the ground, Apple is going to need to invest approximately $3.6 billions in Kia Motors. What a time to be alive, right?

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Considering how often the wireless streaming video breaks up on my phone in an average week, I wouldn’t step foot in ANY autonomous car. EVER. Not to mention I’ll get there a lot quicker driving there myself.

    Added benefit: The fascist Apple speech & thought police can’t track me. (I’m still in the process of de-Googling my phone from THOSE fascists).

  2. Does anyone even get a say in this or does Big Tech just get to impose this on all of us? Does any governor care about the implications to the 3 million truck drivers? I guess they could learn to code, but then Big Tech would just outsource their jobs to India.

  3. This is so stupid. An autonomous car that can go 165 mph? Why even mention that, it is not pertinent, as no autonomous passenger would ever desire, nor be allowed, to use it?

    The question I always ask the autonomous car fanbois: “Is your wife willing to drop your kids into a driverless car to whisk them away to day care? No? Then fuck off with your nonsense.”

    Where we will see autonomous car adoption: downtown districts where the streets can be closed off and wired to shuttle drunks back and forth between bars. If we are ever allowed to have bars, and downtown districts, ever again.

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