We commented here on MacMagazine some rumors about Apple actually investing in a car visiting companies and hiring industry professionals. These rumors were reinforced byManager Magazine, a German magazine focused on business, finance and management.
According to her (Google Translate), Apple is negotiating with BMW since 2014 to produce its first electric car based on the i3 model. Apparently there is no concrete agreement at the moment, but the companies would be holding regular meetings on the subject.
According to the report, Tim Cook visited the i3 production line in Leipzig on a BMW visit, along with other senior managers.
Apparently Apple wants to offer much more than just CarPlay in vehicles. Analyzing the company's products, it makes a lot of sense it always has total control over both the software and the hardware of its products in order to offer a better experience for the user.
We can only wait for what is to come and analyze the degree of influence of a project of this type, in addition to the possible contributions from third parties (such as BMW itself).