MOIA, Jetstream and what may come out of the Apple/VW deal
Thoughts on Apple Car, 111
Back to the NYT story about Apple’s deal with VW, codenamed Jetstream:
The project has suffered from repeated changes in direction that have hurt morale and led to hundreds of departures from…www.nytimes.com
I would like to extract a few quotes:
The company set to work on an electric driverless car with a lush interior reminiscent of a lounge or living room, where passengers face one another instead of the road, according to two early employees of the project.
Very much what I think of being the (initial) plan. The interior will make much of the difference versus today’s cars.
VW worked on getting closer to this idea with their MOIA division:
Back to the early beginning of Apple’s Project Titan:
They entertained a series of unconventional concepts, including augmented-reality or holographic displays embedded in windshields and windows, a sunroof made of a special polymer that reduces heat from the sun, and windows with adjustable tints – like those on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner jets.
Makes sense, remember Jetstream?
»Ambition knows no boundaries.«
This is how Above Avalon’s Neil Cybart put it once.
I put it like this:
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Coming to the future results of the VW/AAPL relationship, the NYT reports:
The frame, wheels and chassis of the T6 vans will remain, but Apple is replacing many components, including the dashboard and seats, said two people familiar with the project.
Let’s see how that was done for MOIA:
There’s one problem, really:
MOIA makes it really hard to exit and enter the vehicle. Or, in other words, it doesn’t make ist easier than other cars.
It shows that VW has not been able to just figure this out.