Hyundai Motor confirms self-driving-car talks with Apple, shares skyrocket – MarketWatch

Shares of Hyundai Motor Co. soared more than 20% in Seoul trading Friday after the South Korean auto maker confirmed it was in talks with Apple Inc. to develop a self-driving electric car.

“Apple and Hyundai are in discussion, but as it is at early stage, nothing has been decided,” Hyundai said in a statement.

That was enough to spark Hyundai’s
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sharpest intraday trading gain since at least 1988.

The Korean news website Hankyung first reported the Apple news, saying Hyundai would manufacture the Apple-designed car as well as develop batteries for it.

Separately, Bloomberg News reported Thursday that it will take Apple
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at least five years to develop an autonomous car. Bloomberg also reported that a number of former Tesla Inc.
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executives have been added to the project.

For years, Apple has been rumored to be working on a self-driving car, and has gone back and forth between developing its own car and just developing the technology for one. Last Month, Reuters reported Apple was again looking to develop a passenger car, with a target date of 2024.

Apple shares jumped more than 3% on Thursday, and are up 69% over the past year, compared to a 7% gain by the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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of which it is a component, over the past 12 months.