Shadowy group linked to Apple's 'Project Titan' spotted at auto industry conference

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in General Discussion edited November 2015
A mysterious California company believed to be used to mask the development of Apple's rumored electric car has been spotted at an automotive industry conference, strengthening the ties between the self-styled "market research" firm and vehicle manufacturing.


Apple is said to have been interested in the manufacturing of BMW's i3 series.


SixtyEight Research, whose potential involvement with Apple was detailed by AppleInsider earlier this year, is listed as an attendee of the EuroCarbody 2015 Global Car Body Benchmarking Conference. The conference provides a place for parts manufacturers and car companies to come together and discuss new techniques and technologies for manufacturing car bodies.

SixtyEight joins other American firms like Alcoa on the roster, as noted by 9to5Mac, but with a slight difference: SixtyEight is the only U.S.-based company in attendance that is not already a major industry supplier.

In fact, SixtyEight is quite small in comparison. AppleInsider's investigation of SixtyEight turned up only a single small office and little sign of activity, a stark contrast to American industrial giants Alcoa, Ford, GM, and Chrysler.

With SixtyEight continuing to describe itself as a "market research firm" on its website, the appearance --?alongside every major player in the business --?seems to indicate otherwise. Headquartered just a stone's throw from a major Apple satellite office, signs continue to point to a connection between the two companies.

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,195member

    Betcha the iOS Remote app wont work with the Apple Car when it comes out.

  • Reply 2 of 11
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,747member

    "Shadowy group..."

     

    Trying to make it sound so nefarious.

  • Reply 3 of 11
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    Originally Posted by eightzero View Post

     

    Betcha the iOS Remote app wont work with the Apple Car when it comes out.


    But when it eventually does work, it'll be like Mario Kart!  (... minus the multiple lives)

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    That's AppleCare++.

  • Reply 5 of 11
    mike1 wrote: »
    "Shadowy group..."

    Trying to make it sound so nefarious.

    They have a secret lair hidden in a volcano, guarded by a private army of henchmen. And they have a laser whose only purpose is to allow secret agents to escape their grasp while the scarred madman is busy preparing to unleash doom.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    anomeanome Posts: 1,150member
    slprescott wrote: »
    eightzero wrote: »
    Betcha the iOS Remote app wont work with the Apple Car when it comes out.


    But when it eventually does work, it'll be like Mario Kart!  (... minus the multiple lives)
    At least until their secret cloning program gets out.
  • Reply 7 of 11
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    They have a secret lair hidden in a volcano, guarded by a private army of henchmen. And they have a laser whose only purpose is to allow secret agents to escape their grasp while the scarred madman is busy preparing to unleash doom.

     

    That sounds more like Tesla than Apple:

     

    If this works, I'm treating myself to a volcano lair. It's time.

  • Reply 8 of 11
    They have a secret lair hidden in a volcano, guarded by a private army of henchmen. And they have a laser whose only purpose is to allow secret agents to escape their grasp while the scarred madman is busy preparing to unleash doom.

    But do they also have frikkin' sharks with frikkin' laser beams mounted to their heads?
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    Originally Posted by WonkoTheSane View Post





    But do they also have frikkin' sharks with frikkin' laser beams mounted to their heads?



    No, but they do have mildly aggravated sea bass

  • Reply 10 of 11
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,311member

    This is turning out to be the worse kept Apple Secret. But it is kind of hard hidding a car. Apple even hid the watch from most of its employees and I suspect most of them do not know about the car if it really exists.

  • Reply 11 of 11
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    Originally Posted by eightzero View Post

     

    Betcha the iOS Remote app wont work with the Apple Car when it comes out.




    If the windshield isn't 4K and it doesn't have an optical tailpipe, I'm out.

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