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A closer look at the team working on Apple’s rumored car project

Published Feb 19th, 2015 12:40PM EST
Apple Car Rumors

Whether or not you believe Apple has plans to enter the car business, it’s getting increasingly hard to ignore the vast number of notable auto-related hires the company has made in recent months. Indeed, we recently reported that Apple now finds itself subject to a lawsuit for poaching 5 Ph.D scientists from A123 Systems, a company specializing in advanced car battery technologies.

And just last week, the Financial Times reported that Apple recently hired Johann Jungwirth, the former CEO and President of Mercedes-Benz’s Research and Development wing. What’s more, a recent report from The Wall Street Journal indicated that Apple now has hundreds of employees working on an electric car initiative.

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Building atop of that, 9to5Mac has put together a comprehensive list detailing many of Apple’s recent auto-related hires. As one would expect, a number of employees involved in the company’s purported car project formerly worked for Tesla. Additionally, Apple has hired a number of individuals with expertise in various facets of car production and design, including safety systems, transmission design, and drivetrain engineering.

All that being said, 9to5Mac astutely observes:

The scope of Apple’s new hires goes well past the level of expertise needed to provide one or two components for a vehicle, and when combined with the increasingly public testing of camera-equipped vehicles, it’s clear that Apple’s ambitions now extend well beyond CarPlay.

Whatever Apple is up to, it’s certainly up to something.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.