Speaking earlier today in Frankfurt, BMW’s production chief Oliver Zipse hinted that BMW would be open to partnerships with other companies, including Apple. “We live in a world of partnerships,” Zipse said when asked about partnerships with other companies. Quickly after the interwebs exploded with link-bait titles mentioning BMW’s desire to work on an Apple car. BMW was quick to submit a correction to stop any rumors from spreading even further.
“Car development and production are not the subject of these talks,” BMW said. “We hold regular talks with companies from the telecommunications and IT industry, including Apple, about vehicle connectivity topics, BMW Connected Drive,” Zipse added in a statement emailed to Reuters.
BMW is rumored to work with Apple on integrating the CarPlay platform into future cars. The BMW technology office in Silicon Valley also works closely with Apple on developing BMW apps for the ConnectedDrive system.