Worst Apple concept car

From "This Apple car concept is a 360-degree maneuverable, self-driving, two-seater for the future" posted Sunday by Yanko Design:

When you think about it, driving solo or even with one other passenger in a five-seater car is a wasteful thing! Many may beg to differ, but I think the purpose is defied when a vehicle capable of ferrying up to five people has just one or two alighting at the car park. That’s the primary reason I may for a minute visualize streets filled with two-seaters.

An Apple Car in that domain is slightly an overboard assumption but then we have been through a number of Apple Car concepts in the past, and all of them have some level of irrationality. Filling the gap between imagination and reality these are the best of what we know the Apple Car would be but the Apple Autonomous concept has a different idea. The two-seat pod for Apple foresees a future where such vehicles will be self-driving from pillar to post carrying and dropping off passengers and quietly moving back to their defined parking spot like a decent Roomba in the house.

My take: At Apple, form follows function. This car looks like it swallowed a couple pairs of AirPods.

11 Comments

  1. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    The concept designer is four months into an internship after graduating from a 2yr program. Per LinkedIn. He doesn’t work for Apple. Nor for an agency that does, someone can correct me. But concepts can be fun as well as funny. Speculators gotta speculate. 🙂

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    January 17, 2022
  2. Concept cars have always been outlandish, they show up in auto shows as proof of concept vehicles. The inventions contained within sometimes make it into production cars. This is a college kid’s idea.
    In regards to the Apple Car, NHTSA has steadily been releasing various Standing General Orders related to manufacturers of Autonomous cars already on the road. AV makers must report accidents. At the end of each General Order they list the current AV car & parts manufacturers the orders apply to.
    Katherine Adams General Counsel Apple
    One Apple Park Way Cupertino, CA is now included.
    These incremental steps at safety regulation provide clues to what is going on behind the scenes. Didi Chuxing opened an AV research center in Mountain View, not far from an Apple facility nearby. I’ve long felt Apple will release/test early AV models in a more controlled car sharing environment.
    The NHTSA database is new and not easy to parse but Apple does not appear to have reported an AV crash yet. I know they have several AVs driving about, they use common car models with the AV gadgets attached throughout. You have break some eggs to make an omelet.

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  3. David Emery said:
    I think “Marvin” from the movie version of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was involved somehow, maybe as a parts donor… (The robot equivalent of a sperm bank?)

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    January 17, 2022
  4. Greg Lippert said:
    Is that an egg on wheels?

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    January 17, 2022
  5. Jerry Doyle said:
    I understand that this is a concept car. The concept designer, though, lacks understanding of Apple, the company. This concept designer has been listening to some tech academicians’ instructional theories that often become increasingly didactic to where they cross over into the ludicrous. This is once such example. Apple is in business to generate revenues into solid profit margins while striving to remain at the competitive forefront in its industrial sector rolling out unique and innovative technological solutions for users of its products. Apple’s foray into transportation is to enhance the driver’s experience of getting from point A to point B while doing so in an Apple product that is safe for both the user and the environment. Apple is not out to solve the global transportation problem?

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  6. David Drinkwater said:
    “My take: At Apple, form follows function. This car looks like it swallowed a couple pairs of AirPods.”

    And a marshmallow. And some mushrooms. Definitely some mushrooms.

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    January 17, 2022
  7. Daniel Epstein said:
    Looks more like someone making fun of Apple and some are taking this a bit too seriously! Maybe Apple should sue for improper use of their logo! And given the look the question of which came first the Chicken or the egg comes to mind! I don’t see a way to get in or out of this thing!

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    January 17, 2022
  8. Looks like a dropping from the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. Would cause other drivers to wreck.

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    January 17, 2022
  9. Michael Goldfeder said:
    This has to be a categorical mistake. It must be their actual entry for the: “Soap Box Derby.”

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    January 17, 2022
  10. Ken Cheng said:
    Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

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    January 17, 2022
  11. Bart Yee said:
    As I said when I first saw this article:

    “EH, no! While futuristic, no way this design concept fits into any notion of Apple aesthetics. And form certainly doesn’t follow function here. But it is a weird interpretation of a potential vehicle.“

    With CAD CAM one can propose all manner of car designs and not be terribly concerned with actual operational parameters and such. The above egg car supposedly has a flat side to the pod with opposing tinted glass door/windows that allow ingress and egress. The egg pod allows 360 degree rotation for any view at any time although I suspect many passengers would get motion sickness just from the visual movement compared to body sensing motion confusion. Plus the natural notion to turn your head to see sideways is completely negated. Now propose a completely clear pod with electronically controlled darkening panels and maybe you have something more useful. The interior room is, let’s say, cozy?

    Of course, the rest of the chassis has no practical battery, storage or drivetrain space but hey, it’s a concept car, right? Versus many Auto company concepts built that can actually run or be close to roadworthy.

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