“A senior Ford executive has revealed the carmaker believes that Apple has the potential to build a lucrative automotive busines,” Sean Keach reports for TrustedReviews.

“We asked Don Butler, Executive Director for Connected Vehicles and Services at Ford, whether he thinks Apple and Google could create successful car franchises,” Keach reports. “‘We welcome others joining. We welcome the activity that’s in the space. We think it’s exciting. It’s actually changed that we are embracing,’ said Butler, speaking to TrustedReviews at the CES 2016 tradeshow in Las Vegas. ‘So I think Apple can do it. I think Google can do it.'”

“Apple has already shown interest in the automotive industry with CarPlay,” Keach reports. “The Apple technology, which lets you control an iPhone using your in-car display, launched in 2014. The company says all major vehicle manufacturers are now on board with the platform.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Of course Apple could create a successful vehicle. It also doesn’t hurt that Apple has enough cash on-hand to buy Ford Motor Co. four times.

With Apple, virtually anything is possible!

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” and “Dogadoga” for the heads up.]