Last week, the Tame Apple Press was abuzz with rumours that Jobs’ Mob had found a car maker who was prepared to agree its terms to create an Apple car.
Now Kia has confirmed it was reviewing cooperation on self-driving electric cars with multiple foreign firms.
Kia’s comment, issued a regulatory filing as its shares surged 20 percent in Seoul, came after domestic online publication Edaily reported late on Tuesday that Kia’s parent, Hyundai Motor Group, had decided Kia would be in charge of proposed cooperation with Apple on electric cars.
Neither Hyundai, Kia nor Apple has mentioned that they are working together at this point, but it is starting to look possible.
Kia’s listed sister company Hyundai Motor Co said earlier this month it was in early talks with Apple, after local media reported the firms were discussing an electric car and battery-tie up, sending Hyundai shares up nearly 25 percent. Apple declined to comment at the time.
In December, Reuters reported that Apple was moving forward with self-driving car technology and was aiming to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology as early as 2024.