“Apple is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design to work at a new top-secret research lab, said several people familiar with the company, pointing to ambitions that go beyond the dashboard,” Tim Bradshaw and Andy Sharman report for The Financial Times. “Sir Jonathan Ive’s team of Apple designers has held regular meetings with automotive executives and engineers in recent months, in some cases trying to hire them. Recent recruits to Apple’s team include the head of Mercedes-Benz’s Silicon Valley R&D unit.”
“People familiar with the company said the background of the people Apple is hiring — including automotive designers and vehicle dynamics engineers — and the seniority of the executives involved suggest a car could be in the works,” Bradshaw and Sharman report. “‘Three months ago I would have said it was CarPlay,’ said one person who has worked closely with Apple for many years, referring to Apple’s infotainment system. ‘Today I think it’s a car.'”
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