Nissan Motor said on Monday it is not in talks with Apple, following a report that the iPhone maker approached the Japanese company in recent months about a tie-up for its autonomous car project.
The Financial Timesthe companies had brief discussions that faltered over reluctance to become an assembler for -branded cars, adding that the talks had not advanced to senior management level.
“We are not in talks with Apple,” a Nissan spokeswoman said. “However, Nissan is always open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to accelerate industry transformation.”
The spokeswoman declined to comment further.
Representatives for Apple were not immediately available for comment.
Concerns about becoming a mere contract manufacturer for Apple were also a factor in this month’s collapse in early stage talks about autonomous electric cars between South Korea’sand the US tech giant.
Reuters reported in December that Apple waswith autonomous car technology and aimed to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology as early as 2024.
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