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Apple drives itself round bend: Pities the fool who inks deal with carmakers – source

Mr C: iVan go it alone, sucka!

Hours after rumours surfaced suggesting that Apple was working on an "automotive product" with established carmakers – new gossip apparently reveals that Cupertino will go it alone with a self-driving electric vehicle.

The Tim Cook-run firm is said to be discussing its plans with eggheads at car manufacturers, but purely – it would seem – in order to seek advice from the likes of Mercedes Benz.

According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous source familiar with the talks, Apple wants to gather as much information as possible about how to build a self-driving car from experts in the field on the road.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Apple had "hundreds" of Cooksians apparently working on an electric minivan project codenamed Titan.

Reuters' source said that Apple was looking to build its own vehicle and planned to go way beyond software and components design.

"They don't appear to want a lot of help from carmakers," the secret squirrel was quoted as saying. ®

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