Apple poaches Tesla engineer with vehicle interior design experience

Mark Gurman and Dana Hull for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has hired Steve MacManus, at least the third Tesla Inc. engineering executive to join the Cupertino, California-based technology giant in the last year.

MacManus, a Tesla vice president in charge of engineering for car interiors and exteriors, left the carmaker recently and has since joined Apple as a senior director, according to his LinkedIn profile. He worked at Tesla from 2015, after stints at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors and Aston Martin.

Apple also brought in former Tesla drive systems vice president Michael Schwekutsch in March and former chief vehicle engineer Doug Field last August.

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  1. Ugh… from a design perspective, I find Tesla interiors seriously lacking when compared to the likes of Audi Tesla interiors may be simple and uncluttered but they look cheap

  2. When you see a Tesla dash, you realize just how much it must cost to design a proper dashboard, and how much Tesla cut this corner to get a product on the showroom floor.

  3. Of course, the downside to this is that Tesla is known for having terrible interior design and material quality. It’s one thing Tesla owners complain about on Tesla’s site, and the Tesla owners forums.

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