Apple Inc. has hired another executive from Tesla Inc., presumably to help with the company’s secretive Titan autonomous vehicle program, Bloomberg News reports.
Steve MacManus now lists himself on LinkedIn as a senior director at Apple. He had been Tesla’s vice president of engineering for vehicle interiors and exteriors. MacManus joined Tesla three years ago after posts at Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover.
Last August Apple coaxed Doug Field, former Tesla chief vehicle engineer, to return after a five-year stint at Tesla. Last year Apple also poached Jamie Carlson, Autopilot engineer in August and gained Andrew Kim, senior design manager in December.
Apple hired Michael Schwekutsch, Tesla’s former drive systems chief, four months ago.
Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.
The auto industry’s transition to self-driving cars will bring a huge change in the way vehicle interiors are designed, says Adient’s Nicholas Petouhoff.
While there is a burgeoning proliferation of companies that are in the LiDAR space, each with its own take on utilizing laser pulses to create a precise map of its surroundings for purposes of ADAS or full-blown automation, a Seattle-based company has a distinction that certainly sets it apart from its competitors.