Tesla's chief vehicle engineer is returning to Apple

  • Doug Field, Tesla’s chief vehicle engineer, is returning to Apple, reportedly to work on their secretive ‘Project Titan’ self-driving car initiative.  

    An Apple spokesperson confirmed the hire to the Financial Times.  

    Field had initially took a six-week leave of absence to spend time with his family, before officially leaving the company back in July. 

    When he first joined Tesla back in 2013, the company said he had the “leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products.” 

    Until earlier this year, he was in charge of Model 3 production, before Elon Musk took over the responsibilities. 

    When Field first worked for Apple, he was the VP of Mac hardware.  

    Project Titan is run by Bob Mansfield, which Daring Fireball notes as interesting: 

    "Field previously worked at Apple as a VP of Mac hardware engineering before leaving for Tesla 2013. So he spent years working closely (and successfully) with Mansfield on Mac hardware, and spent the last few years as senior VP of engineering at the world’s premiere electric carmaker. That makes Field a seemingly perfect fit for Titan".



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