At this point in time we are a bit in the dark about the Apple Car launch date plan.
We do know Apple is at least exploring the possibility of building a car and that they have facilities for automotive testing and several hundred employees working on the project.
Though there have been reports Tim Cook has committed the car to production, there was evidence of a setback last Fall when the director of Project Titan, Steve Zadesky, was said to leave the company for personal reasons and there was a subsequent hiring freeze.
Per LinkedIn Johann Jungwirth who was also believed to be working on the project left the company for Volkswagen.
Using the revolutionary Chevy Volt for comparison, GM was able to deliver the first production vehicles in late 2010 which was just under four years from the time the concept was first floated to the public. This was a 100 year old automotive company leveraging all its resources and expertise to do so.
Another analogy was Tesla’a ability to launch the Model S. Work on the project began in 2008 at which point Tesla had only been producing its low volume roadster Model. The Model S was released in 2012, or four years later from a running start.
For Apple to produce a vehicle within four years from first conceiving it would be a stretch without outside help. Five to six years is more likely
So to arrive at a launch date we’d need to know when Apple first internally green-lighted the concept. That date from what we can tell was at least as early as late 2014.
Therefore the launch date of the Apple car is likely to be fall of 2019 or possibly Spring of 2020. This is in line with the estimates of other sources.