Ford and Google have joined together to create unique services and capabilities for Ford and Lincoln customers. Ford has also named Google Cloud its preferred cloud provider to leverage Google’s world-class expertise in data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). As part of this new, 6-year partnership — and beginning in 2023 — millions of future Ford and Lincoln vehicles at all price points will be powered by Android, with Google apps and services built-in. (TechCrunch, Ford, CNBC, The Guardian, Sina, Sohu)

Apple and Kia are allegedly close to reaching a deal that will see Apple invest some KRW4T (about USD3.6B) on a collaborative effort to bring “Apple Car” to life. Apple will invest KRW4T to secure access to Kia’s U.S. facilities in Georgia. The companies are planning a production run in 2024 with an initial capacity of 100,000 cars per year. The plant can ramp up to a maximum of 400,000 units a year. (CN Beta, Apple Insider, Bloomberg)

According to TF Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, Apple‘s first vehicle chassis will be based on Hyundai’s E-GMP battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform. Apple could work with General Motors and European manufacturer PSA for subsequent models or in other markets. He predicts that Apple will launch the ‌Apple Car‌ in 2025 at the earliest. (CN Beta, Gizmo China, Mac Rumors)

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