Apple's car ambitions have been dealt a huge blow as the top automotive executive of the tech giant's biggest bets; the highly anticipated secret self-driving car project has joined Ford.
Apple's Car project
The car manufacturer Ford has reportedly hired former Tesla and Apple executive Doug Field as chief advanced technology officer and will be reporting directly to Jim Farley, Ford President, and CEO.
Exciting news! Doug Field, one of the top product leaders from Apple, Tesla & Segway, is returning to our world-class @Ford team. Thrilled to work with Doug on the next generation of digital vehicles + always-on experiences for our customers that get better and better over time.— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) September 7, 2021
Field who joined Apple in 2018 led the iPhone makers' long-rumored automotive project -known as Project Titan – in 2014. In his position at Tesla as senior vice president of engineering, he led the development of Tesla’s Model 3.
Interestingly enough, Field is the fourth Apple auto engineering project executive to stray from its seven-year history.
Now with Field’s exit, Apple's automotive ambitions might be thrown under the bus.
In an emailed statement, Apple commented on Field’s departure saying: “We’re grateful for the contributions Doug has made to Apple and we wish him all the best in this next chapter.”
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