It’s been reported time and again that Apple is building an electric car, and to provide further evidence the company has now started hiring veterans from the automobile sector in a bid to build a team that can pioneer this initiative. WSJ reports that Apple has roped in Doug Betts, former head of global quality at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV for this purpose. Also Read - Apple TV Plus for free: PS5 owners get six months subscription free of costAlso Read - This photo shot with iPhone X by an Indian wins iPhone Photography Awards
Betts’ LinkedIn updated profile confirms this appointment, as he now claims to be a part of the ‘Operations’ team in Apple since July. Apple hasn’t officially announced this appointment, and when the publication contacted the company it did not elicit a response. Also Read - Top Apple gadgets, accessories for less than Rs 15,000 for Apple fans
Even though Apple has kept its lips sealed when it comes to its plans to build an electric car, the company has been in the news for its interest in the automobile sector all throughout the year. In February, A123 Systems, a lithium-ion battery maker for electric cars and other business sectors sued Apple Inc for trying to hire its employees. The battery company claimed that the Cupertino-based company has been on an aggressive campaign to poach employees.
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Apple has apparently poached several employees from Tesla, Mercedes and even Ford to build its team. This includes previous Ford designer Marc Newson, former Ford engineer and current Apple product design VP Steve Zadesky. The company also hired Johann Jungwirth, the head of Mercedes-Benz s Silicon Valley research and development unit.
It’s not just Apple who has shown interest in the automobile sector. We already know that Google has put an immense amount of research, time, and money on its self-driving vehicle. Tesla Motors has also grabbed headlines for its electric cars.