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Tesla Motors Hires Doug Field, Apple's VP of Mac Hardware Engineering, to Lead New Vehicle Development

NewImageUpstart automobile manufacturer Tesla Motors has announced the hiring of Doug Field, former vice president of Mac Hardware Engineering, to lead its development of new vehicles.

Field has been at Apple for more than 5 years and led the development of recent models of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac -- all of which have seen significant redesigns in past years.
"Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world," said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. "Tesla’s future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug’s experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team."

"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple," said Field. "I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world—while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley."
Field began his career at Ford as a development engineer after graduating MIT, before moving on to Segway and then to Apple.

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10 months ago

Complete with the Mac startup sound when you turn the key :D


Turn the key?
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago

I love Tesla cars and would like to own one, one day. However, in this case please don't make them any smaller. I do not love those little smart cars.


Lose some weight....:D

The current Tesla models are hardly small. Nor is the Prius.

Wish the US would tax large engines and gas a bit more, like the rest of the world.

Instead, we subsidize oversized yahoos buying oversized trucks.

Tesla is game-changer for the the auto industry and really the most exciting thing to happen to cars in at least a generation.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago

Looks like Tesla Gen3 is going to be smaller and lighter :p


I'm guessing that this move will mean not only that, but also it will now be put together with custom nuts and bolts that require a Pentalobe tire iron, the motor will be glued together, and it will be incredibly difficult to service anything except through Tesla itself. This will annoy iFixit to no end. :p
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

Turn the key?


I think he unknowingly meant "press the button." :-D
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

Good for him to follow his dream, but with Musk & Tesla, I can't help but suspect that his talent will be wasted- maybe not, but probably. I think he'd be better utilized at Apple, where what he designs will actually be applied, put into production, and enjoyed by millions of people. Good luck.


He can have a much larger impact at Tesla. What do you want to do, make computers all day or transition human kind from oil to sustainable energy transport? :)
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

Want a MacTesla!


Complete with the Mac startup sound when you turn the key :D
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago
Built -In Siri !!
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

Yeah, there's a great idea let's pay more punitive taxes. You're welcome to contribute extra if you'd like.

I don't know about the over-sized truck subsidies you refer to. but Tesla is a joke - a prime example of corporate welfare. Why is the US and any number of states subsidizing expensive luxury cars (purchased by the wealthy, of course) and thus propping up a company owned by a billionaire. Same goes for his ridiculous solar company. The taxpayers are being robbed - yet again.


You clearly know nothing about Tesla and their relationship to the govt. What you just described sounds like Chevy and what they have received. Tesla is paying their LOAN back, faster than planned.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago
No reason Tesla cannot succeed. They are starting from scratch with no legacy old factories or decades of pensions and all that to pay. They make more per car than anyone (not sure about Ferrari and such) in margin.

They started from 0 and in a few years make what some call the best car in the world. Also the safest. No reason they can't tackle the range issue, one I think could easily be solved without any huge technological advances, though those will also come.

Everyone who drives one raves about it and says it makes even nice gas cars seem old fashioned.

They have months-long waiting lists here and overseas. And they are being marketed all over the world. Not a local sort of product. Making something more than 25K cars per year in the one )California plant, more as they process becomes quicker.

I believe that Tesla is the top selling super-luxury car now, ahead of similarly priced MBs, BMWs, etc. I see one about every time I drive anywhere now.

Tesla is going to produce different and also cheaper models in a year or two and the more affordable models likely will be in very high demand.

So, unless there is some terrible event Tesla should be a very viable company, possibly even a dominant one at some point. No reason why not.

Lots of parallels with Apple, but far more diversified (SolarCity and RocketX) and with a much grander vision.

What the heck, throw the Hyperloop into the conversation...

Yeah, I would work for Tesla if given the chance.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago

Serious question: should we be worried?


Yes

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Imagine is Steve Ballmer joins Tesla and use his Surface and Vista ideas ...



Been done. Yugo ;)
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