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Former Tesla director joins Apple's smart car project team

By Cookie Monster - on 7 Nov 2021, 12:00am

Former Tesla director joins Apple's smart car project team

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Apple has managed to poach another senior Tesla executive to join its smart car project team. 

According to Bloomberg, former Tesla Autopilot software director Christopher Moore is hired by Apple and will report to Stuart Bowers, who is also another former Tesla staff. During his time in Tesla, Moore often clashed with CEO Elon Musk about the performance of Autopilot. While Musk reportedly claimed that it is possible for Tesla to achieve Level 5 autonomy within two years, Moore says it is not possible. 

Apple's smart car project is believed to be led by Kevin Lynch, VP of Technology after Doug Field left the company to join Ford. Apple has been hiring veterans from the industry such as two former Mercedes engineers, Porsche's former VP of chassis development, and former Tesla VP and Aston Martin Chief Engineer.

While several top managers have left the smart car project team, Bloomberg claims there are still hundreds of engineers working on the self-driving car technology and a team of engineers working on an electric vehicle. The company is also said to be in talks with Japanese and Korean suppliers for the smart car project.

Source: Bloomberg via 9to5Mac

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