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Scenario Analysis of Apple's Strategy to Enter the Car Industry

  • ID: 3984464
  • Report
  • November 2016
  • Region: Global
  • 61 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Project Titan the Potential Next Big Disrupter of Autonomous Driving, Ride Sharing and Connected Vehicles via a Product - or a Service-focused Approach


  • Apple

The autonomous, connected, electric, and shared mobility market is expected to transform mass transportation and the global automotive industry by 2030. Entry of Silicon Valley companies into the automotive industry has created a fertile ecosystem for developing cars of the future.

As the infrastructure is in place, Apple could utilize this ecosystem to help establish its presence in the automotive industry.

Considering the recent hiring spree of auto experts and nearly $10 billion spent on research and development, Apple’s entry into the automotive space is expected. Apple could take a product - or a service-focused approach with Project Titan.

The aim of this research is to study and analyze Apple’s automotive industry vision, corporate strategy, and investments in key areas including autonomous, electrified, and connected vehicles.

Research Scope:

  • Look into current and future technology focus in Silicon Valley
  • Understand Apple’s efforts to enter the automotive industry
  • Predict possible products and/or service that Apple could offer based on recent talent and company acquisitions/partnerships
  • Highlight target markets along with sales and revenue numbers
  • Understand the impact on Apple’s existing product and service mix if it enters the automotive industry

Key Questions this Study will Answer:

  • What is Apple trying to achieve by entering into the automotive space and how would it disrupt the automotive sector?
  • What are the possible outcomes of Project Titan? Will Apple come out with a new product or offer software services for automotive companies?
  • If Apple chooses to manufacture a product, what would it be? What are the expected sales and revenue values that Apple can expect by 2025?
  • What possible services can Apple offer to the automotive industry by 2021? How can Apple leverage its iPhone customer base to gain popularity for its automotive services?
  • What are Frost & Sullivan’s three main predictions with regards to Project Titan and what is the rationale behind these predictions?

Apple’s entry into the automotive industry will help it complete its ecosystem comprising devices-software, cloud storage, and home kit thereby offering seamless access to personal data both at home and on the move.

Ultimately, Apple is expected to have a prominent presence in the automotive space by 2021, either as an automotive manufacturer or as a service provider - possible scenarios for each are outlined in this research.

Scenario 1: Apple Car - Autonomous Electric (including car features, product strategy, revenue projections, manufacturing plans, retailing, retail locations, and challenges)

Scenario 2: Apple as Service/Connected Car/Autonomous Driving Solution Provider (including in-house talent (software); acquisitions, partnerships, investments; CarPlay+ offerings, features, adoption, revenue projections; “iBrain” hardware kit with projected revenue and challenges)

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1. Executive Summary
  • Executive Summary-Key Findings
  • Executive Summary-Apple as a Car Manufacturer
  • Executive Summary-Apple as a Service Provider
  • Executive Summary-Future Outlook   
2. Research Scope and Methodology
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aims and Objectives
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Research Background
  • Research Methodology   
3. Segmentation
  • Vehicle Segmentation
4. An Introduction to Apple’s Automotive Footprint
  • Silicon Valley-Automotive Technology Evolution Snapshot
  • An Introduction to Apple’s Automotive Offerings-Current and Future
  • Apple’s Automotive Ambition-Rationale
  • Sales and Margin Figures
  • Apple Car-Possible Business Scenarios towards Auto Industry Debut   
5. Scenario 1-The Apple Car: Autonomous Electric
  • Scenario 1-Apple Auto Industry Debut: A Timeline of Recent Activities
  • Scenario 1-Mapping Project Titan with In-house Talent
  • Scenario 1-The Apple Car: Product Concept
  • Scenario 1-Apple Car: Features
  • Scenario 1-Apple Car: Pricing Strategy
  • Scenario 1-Apple Car: Revenue Projections
  • Scenario 1-Apple Car: Automotive Manufacturing Plans
  • Scenario 1-Future Potential Apple Car Retailing Scenarios
  • Scenario 1-Apple Car: Retail Locations
  • Scenario 1-Apple Car: Challenges
  • Scenario 1-Summary of Apple’s Product Focus   
6. Scenario 2-Apple as a Solution Provider
  • Scenario 2-Mapping Project Titan with In-house Talent (Software)
  • Scenario 2-Recent Acquisitions, Partnerships, and Investments
  • Scenario 2-Recent Automotive Software Related Patent Publication
  • Scenario 2-Apple Automotive Software Focus-Beyond CarPlay   
7. Scenario 2 (a)-Apple as a Connected Car Solution Provider
  • Scenario 2 (a)-CarPlay+: Advanced Connected Car Solution
  • Scenario 2 (a)-CarPlay+: Offerings and Features
  • Scenario 2 (a)-Adoption Rate of Apple CarPlay+
  • Scenario 2 (a)-Projected Revenue from CarPlay+   
8. Scenario 2 (b)-Apple as an Autonomous Driving Solution Provider
  • Scenario 2 (b)-Apple as an Autonomous Driving Solution Provider
  • Scenario 2 (b)-Apple “iBrain” Kit: Some Wild Speculations
  • Scenario 2 (b)-iBrain: Projected Revenue and Challenges   
9. Scenario 2 (c)-Apple as a Shared Mobility Solution Provider
  • Scenario 2 (b)-Apple as a Shared Mobility Solution Provider
  • Scenario 2 (c)-Autonomous Vehicles for Shared Mobility
  • Scenario 2-Summary of Apple’s Service Focus   
10. Research Takeaways
  • Impact of Apple on Auto Industry
  • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer   
12. Appendix
  • Apple Auto Industry Debut: A Timeline of Recent Activities-Sources
  • Acronyms
  • Learn More-Next Steps
  • Methodology
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