Nissan has issued a statement denying that it’s in discussions to work with Apple on the US firm’s long-rumored autonomous car venture. Earlier today the Financial Times reported that Apple had approached the Japanese automaker a few potential partnership “in current months.”
“We’re not in talks with Apple,” a Nissan spokesperson tells Reuters. “Nonetheless, Nissan is at all times open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to speed up trade transformation.”
That assertion doesn’t tackle whether or not the talks ever befell, which means it doesn’t directly contradict the Financial Times’ story. That report mentioned that “the contact was temporary and the discussions didn’t advance to senior management ranges following divisions over branding for the iPhone maker’s electrical autos.” The breaking level was mentioned to be Apple’s request that Nissan manufacture vehicles carrying Apple’s branding.
“We’ve got our own customer satisfaction, which comes by car. No means we’re going to change the best way we make vehicles,” Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta tells the Financial Times, once more stating that talks aren’t occurring now with out confirming in the event that they ever did. “The best way we design, the best way we develop, and the best way we manufacture goes to be as an automotive producer, as Nissan.”
The current speculation over Nissan comes after Hyundai mentioned it wasn’t in talks with Apple on the venture. Hyundai has been the first topic of rumors over the partnership of late, not least as a result of the Korean carmaker itself issued and swiftly retracted a statement saying it had entered discussions with Apple. Analyst Ming-chi Kuo believes the primary Apple car shall be constructed on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform and ship in 2025 on the earliest.