“Apple Inc. has hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc., according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple’s effort to build a team of experts in automated driving,” Paul Lienert and Julia Love report for Reuters.

“A LinkedIn profile for Jamie Carlson shows that he has left Tesla and moved to Apple. At least six others with experience developing self-driving technology and systems have joined Apple, according to their LinkedIn profiles,” Lienert and Love report. “Since January, Apple has hired Megan McClain, a former Volkswagen AG engineer with expertise in automated driving, and Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, a hub of automated driving research. In August, Apple hired Xianqiao Tong, an engineer who developed computer vision software for driver assistance systems at microchip maker Nvidia Corp.”

Lienert and Love report, “Other Apple hires since September 2014 with similar experience have worked at automakers BMW AG, Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co., automotive suppliers Delphi Automotive, Robert Bosch GmbH and TRW, now a part of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, according to their LinkedIn profiles.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Vehicle makers’ unease grows with each passing day.

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