Saturday 19 September 2015

Lithium BOOM: Apple Meets California Officials To discuss Self-driving Electric iCar.


   It is coming. Apple Electric iCar will change auto-industry landscape overnight and this total disruption of 4 Trillion transportation industry will happen even faster now.

The Future Of Oil: Electric Cars Have Reached The Point Of No Return With Tesla Gigafactory.

The short answer: All cars will be electric and the rest is history. If you like some details you are welcome! Read more.

Lithium Race: Apple Hires Tesla's Top Self Driving Engineer For Rival Electric Car Project.


  We have another development with Tesla engineers and Apple Electric iCar. Tim Cook is still hiding iCar from us behind NDAs and military protected testing grounds. Bring it on, we are suffocating here! Now if NASDAQ will continue its dive into the Fall Apple can go shopping and try to buy Tesla. Elon Musk will hardly sell it, so the partnership between Apple and Tesla to use Tesla Model 3 power-train and Gigafactory will make sense to me. Apple has cash needed for Gigafactory, it will be the win-win deal for both companies. Apple will go to The Trillion Dollars Market Cap and Tesla will build more Gigafactories. Dear Elon, please consider Ireland for the next Gigafactory, Ganfeng Lithium and International Lithium will be happy to supply you with our Lithium from Avalonia J/V and you can take Europe by the storm. Another interesting twist will come with Foxconn and its mystery $15k electric car, where they are investing now more than $800 million in China into the production facility. Everything is changing very fast in our electric space this year. Foxconn is the largest producer of iPhones and iPads for Apple, can we have the same cooperation with Apple Electric iCar? Lithium is the magic metal at the very heart of this rEVolution and Lithium supply is already under strain even before Tesla Gigafactory and other Megafactories are coming on-line. 

Welcome The First Trillion Market Cap Company: Documents Confirm Apple Is Building Electric iCar!

  Finally, we have the confirmation about Apple Electric iCar. Now we can prepare ourselves to the overnight rEVolution and mass market for EVs with Apple brand power behind it. We have first Trillion market cap company in the making: Apple has finally found the place where to park its cash and brilliant team of designers and engineers, its powerful branding and distribution channels will bring EVs to the masses. Low cost manufacturing base will help as well, China Yuan devaluation is very timely and you can check on my entries below about Foxconn. This largest producer of iPhones and iPads is building its own Megafactory for mass production of lithium batteries and investing almost one billion dollars in the $15k Electric Car to be produced in China.
  Lithium technology is already here, I was always advocating for Apple to buy the time to market and if not buy Tesla Motors outright, than to create the strategic partnership and use Tesla Model 3 power-train. Lithium is the magic metal which is at the heart of this rEVolution. Now we have the tide coming, all cars will be electric.
  I will allow myself to put a lot of links today, after writing for years about it, I will celebrate the Steve Jobs' Legacy and Electric iCar is the best tribute to such great visionary. He has inspired Gary Schellenberg and myself to start International Lithium, when electric cars like Tesla were still a dream. Now, thanks to Elon Musk, they are here! Below you can find my thoughts on why, how and when Apple will create the mass market for electric cars. Read more."

The Guardian:

Apple meets California officials to discuss self-driving car

"The meeting in California, which is developing regulations for driverless vehicles, suggest the technology giant is close to unveiling an autonomous automobile

Apple executives have discussed their plans for an “autonomous vehicle” with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV), the Guardian has learnt.

According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Mike Maletic, a senior legal counsel at Apple, had an hour-long meeting on 17 August with the department’s self-driving car experts Bernard Soriano, DMV deputy director, and Stephanie Dougherty, chief of strategic planning, who are co-sponsors of California’s autonomous vehicle regulation project, and Brian Soublet, the department’s deputy director and chief counsel.
The discussions come as Google and Uber are both advancing their plans to develop self-driving cars. Google already has a fleet of robot cars on the streets of California and is planning to have several hundred built in the near future.
Last month, the Guardian disclosed that Apple had looked into booking a secure car testing site in California to road-test its vehicle, codenamed Project Titan. Maletic wrote the mutual confidentiality agreement signed by GoMentum Station, a disused military base near San Francisco with miles of empty streets for driverless cars, when Apple inquired about testing there in May.
The department would not comment on what was discussed at the August meeting, beyond saying that “the Apple meeting was to review [the] DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.” 
California’s DMV is developing regulations for the eventual deployment and public operation of autonomous vehicles. These rules will establish requirements that manufacturers must meet to certify that their driverless vehicles have been successfully tested, meet safety criteria, and are ready for consumers to operate on public roads. 
The DMV was meant to have drafted these rules by the start of 2015 but is running late. Many carmakers and automotive technology companies, including Volkswagen-Audi, General Motors, Nissan, Continental and Google, have been closely involved in the process, as California is widely expected to influence national rules in the future.
“Candidly, the regulations that get developed in California could be utilised by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when it is in a position to develop federal regulations,” said Soriano at an industry event last week.
California DMV’s main responsibility for autonomous vehicles at present is administering an autonomous vehicle tester program for experimental self-driving cars on California’s roads. So far, 10 companies have been issued permits for about 80 autonomous vehicles and more than 300 test drivers. The most recent, Honda and BMW, received their permits last week.
If Apple does seek a testing permit for its Project Titan self-driving car, it will have to sacrifice much of its legendary preference for secrecy. Manufacturers applying for a permit have to detail the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of cars they want to test, share details of autonomous features and capabilities, and identify test drivers by name.
They will also have to explain how these safety drivers will be trained to cope with any malfunctions of the car. Manufacturers need to report every “disengagement” where the car unexpectedly hands control back to the driver, as well as all accidents it is involved in.
An alternative to taking to public roads is testing vehicles at a private facility such as GoMentum Station, although Apple is not believed to have carried out any experiments there to date. A simpler option would be to buy its own property and test in complete secrecy without the need for any permits whatsoever – something the company may already have been doing for some time.
The fact that Apple is approaching the DMV now suggests that its autonomous vehicle, whatever it might be, is almost ready for public view. According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Apple has appointed an engineering program manager (EPM) to Project Titan. EPMs generally arrive on an Apple project once a product is ready to leave the lab, and coordinate the work of teams of hardware and software engineers. 
That work is happening at a low-profile office and lab complex in Sunnyvale codenamed SG05, where a $4.6m refurbishment that began last July is still incomplete. In August, city building inspectors complained that getting access had “been challenging due to the need to keep doing business and [the] secrecy of equipment in certain areas.”
Apple declined to comment on this story."

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