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Tech & Science Apple hints at plan to build a car after all as it rehires ex-Tesla engineering head

13:15  10 august  2018
13:15  10 august  2018 Source:   techcrunch.com

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If you’re looking for hints that Apple might deliver on its long-rumored plan to develop its own car , a significant one landed this week after it emerged that Doug Field — Apple ’s former Apple confirmed in a statement to TechCrunch that it has rehired Field, but it declined to give information about this role.

Mansfield, previously Apple 's SVP of hardware engineering , assumed control of Titan in 2016 after former project lead Steve Zadesky left the company for "personal reasons." Starting in 2014, reports of an " Apple Car " began to proliferate, with sources claiming the tech giant planned to build an

Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, U.S., August 1, 2018.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson © REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, U.S., August 1, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson If you're looking for hints that Apple might deliver on its long-rumored plan to develop its own car, a significant one landed this week after it emerged that Doug Field -- Apple's former VP of Mac hardware engineering -- has rejoined from the company after a spell with Tesla.

John Gruber at Daring Fireball broke the news of Field returning to Apple following five years at Tesla where he oversaw the production of the Model 3.

Apple confirmed in a statement to TechCrunch that it has rehired Field, but it declined to give information about this role. Gruber reports, however, that Field will link up with Bob Mansfield, the former colleague he worked with on the Mac hardware business. Mansfield just so happens to be the person who is heading up Apple's 'Project Titan' car project, having been tempted back and out of retirement, so there's a lot to dig into.

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Still, after Huang’s crash, the company that built his car is still making strong statements. Autopilot reduces crash rates by as much as 40 per cent, Tesla ’s statement said. Google said to plan news aggregation app and search engine in China. Commented. 1.

As you know, the initial product of Tesla Motors is a high performance electric sports car called the Tesla Roadster. However, some readers may not be aware of the fact that our long term plan is to build a wide range of models, including affordably priced family cars .

There's been plenty of speculation about the secretive Project Titan, most notably it was reported in 2016 that Apple had abandoned plans to develop a car. Instead, it was said to be focused on autonomous driving technology. While the project remains pretty opaque and tough to gauge, the hiring of the man who oversaw Tesla production -- right after Apple poached a Waymo self-driving engineer -- is a pretty interesting clue that suggests Apple might be reviving plans to develop a car once again.

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