Apple Watch Chief Kevin Lynch Now Leading Apple Car Efforts

Apple VP of technology Kevin Lynch is taking over the Apple Car project and will be replacing Doug Field, who is moving to Ford, reports Bloomberg.

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Lynch first joined the Apple Car team in July, with reports suggesting he had been called on to help lead Apple Car development. Now that Field has left the company, Lynch will be taking over his role and will be in charge of the Apple Car. Lynch will oversee hardware engineering and work on self-driving car sensors.

Known for his work on the Apple Watch, Lynch has been at Apple since 2013, and before that, he worked at Adobe and helped create Adobe's Creative Cloud platform. In addition to working on the Apple Car, Lynch is expected to continue to be involved with the Apple Watch and Apple's health initiatives.

Apple Car leadership has undergone several changes over the course of the last several years, which has caused development issues and internal strife. According to Bloomberg, the departure of former Apple Car leader Doug Field has been seen as a sign that the Apple Car isn't coming in the near future, with product development still in the early stages.

The choice of Lynch to head the car project indicates much of the company's focus still remains on underlying software and self-driving technology - rather than the vehicle's physical mechanics. Lynch has been a software executive for decades, not someone who oversees hardware teams. He's also never worked at a car company.

Ford on Tuesday announced that it hired Field to work on AI, software, and hardware projects. Field had been at Apple since 2018, and prior to that, he worked at Tesla and oversaw the production of the Model 3.

Rumors have suggested that we're not going to see an Apple Car until the mid to late 2020s at the earliest, and it's not clear how the most recent leadership changes might impact that launch timeline.

Top Rated Comments

RoboCop001 Avatar
34 months ago
Steering wheel is a giant digital crown ?
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
34 months ago
now it will launch on time!
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JoshuaBru Avatar
34 months ago
I enjoy reading about the Apple car about as much as I like reading about Ted Lasso
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
34 months ago
Rumors have it that we're going to continue hearing rumors about the iCar for the next 12 years
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnyb098 Avatar
34 months ago
If apples software in recent years is any indication……they can keep this damn thing in a lab indefinitely.
Imagine an apple car that won’t go over 25MPH due to a memory leak.

To top it off this thing would no doubt start at $49,999 for the base model. If you want a steering wheel add another $500. Spare tire? Yeah that’ll be another $1000. More storage capacity to carry groceries? That’s gonna cost ya too!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
34 months ago
let's see how long he lasts ...
MR, would it be possible to create a story of the timeline of Apple car timeline? I realize it would be a mega project ...
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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