Yesterday’s Auto Motor und Sport reported that Apple and BMW were in close negotiations about developing an “Apple Car” based on the BMW i3 electric vehicle. However, Reuters reported shortly afterwards that BMW had denied this report and meeting with BMW to discuss about an electric vehicle.
The BMW spokesman said: ‘We are in regular talks with companies from the IT and telecommunications sector, including Apple, concerning topics like connected vehicles. Developing or building a car is not a topic of these discussions.’
The initial report claimed that the Apple electric car could be manufactured by BMW and sold at Apple Stores. Apple was said to be responsible for developing a new operating system for the car that integrates with the car’s fuel consumption and driving data.
Furthermore, Auto Motor und Sport reported that the OS would be deeply integrated into the BMW i3.
This would allow not only iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, laptop and Mac computers to communicate and exchange data, but it also could be integrated with the car’s fuel consumption and movement data.
While BMW and Apple have denied the car collaboration, a future collaboration on Apple’s CarPlay system or a similar operating system is possible.