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Chris Lattner Says Opportunity to Work on Tesla's Ambitious Self-Driving Efforts Was 'Irresistible'

Tuesday January 17, 2017 1:30 pm PST by
Earlier this month, Swift creator Chris Lattner announced he will be stepping down as director of Apple's Development Tools department to lead Tesla's Autopilot engineering team as VP of Autopilot Software. Lattner did not explain the reason for the move, but he later denied a report claiming he "felt constrained" due to Apple's culture of secrecy. So, we decided to reach out to him to learn...
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Tesla-Bound Chris Lattner May Have 'Felt Constrained' by Apple's Culture of Secrecy [Update: Denied]

Friday January 13, 2017 6:19 am PST by
Earlier this week, Swift creator and LLVM co-author Chris Lattner announced he will be leaving Apple later this month—he is headed to Tesla to lead its autopilot engineering team as Vice President of Autopilot Software. Lattner, who oversaw Xcode among other tasks as director of Apple's Development Tools department, did not provide an explanation for his decision to leave the company, but...
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Tesla Rethinks 'Autopilot' Definition in China After Beijing Crash

Monday August 15, 2016 2:54 am PDT by
Tesla has removed the word "autopilot" from its China website after a driver in Beijing who crashed while the mode was active complained that the company had misled them about its capability (via Reuters). The accident happened on a commuter highway when the car failed to avoid a vehicle parked on the left side and partially in the roadway, damaging both cars but causing no injuries. Tesla ...
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Tesla and Google Face Regulator Scrutiny After Self-Driving Cars Crash

Tuesday July 12, 2016 4:25 am PDT by
Google's self-driving car project has appointed its first general counsel after a number of crashes involving the company's vehicles caught the attention of regulators (via Reuters). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was collecting information after a minor incident in March when a Google self-driving car struck a municipal bus in California. On that occasion,...
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Tesla CEO Expects No Apple Car Before 2020, Calls it 'Missed Opportunity'

Thursday June 2, 2016 3:31 am PDT by
Apple's rumored electric car is unlikely to hit full-scale production or be ready for shipping before 2020, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk offered his prediction to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the Code Conference, where he claimed that Apple's ambitions, while admirable, were falling behind in a fast-paced industry. Tesla CEO Elon Musk interviewed yesterday at the Code ...

Apple Hires Former Tesla Engineer With Expertise in Prototyping Car Parts

Friday April 22, 2016 11:39 am PDT by
As work on its car project progresses, Apple has been snapping up a huge number of employees with expertise in the automotive industry from companies like Tesla, Ford, GM, Volkswagen, Bosch, and more, along with researchers who have expertise in autonomous vehicles and electric car platforms. Each of these hires gives us a glimpse into the ideas Apple is potentially exploring for its Apple...
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Tesla VP Chris Porritt Recently Joined Apple's 'Special Projects' Group

Tuesday April 19, 2016 8:10 am PDT by
Apple hired former Tesla Motors Vice President of Vehicle Engineering Chris Porritt last year to join its "special projects" group, possibly to spearhead its much-rumored electric vehicle project, according to Electrek. Chris Porritt and the Aston Martin One-77 supercar Porritt brings decades of experience in the European automotive industry with him to Apple, having worked on vehicle...

Tesla Unveils $35,000 Model 3 Electric Car, Shipping Late 2017

Friday April 1, 2016 2:55 am PDT by
The highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 electric car was unveiled by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday night in a converted hangar in Los Angeles, California. The company's first mass-market electric car was driven onto a foggy stage in an extravagant unveiling, where Musk revealed that the Tesla Model 3 will seat five, and be able to cover at least 215 miles on one charge. Tesla CEO Elon Musk ...
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iPhone SE Launch Day Overshadowed by Tesla Model 3

Thursday March 31, 2016 10:59 am PDT by
Apple launched the iPhone SE today in the United States and eleven other countries and territories, prompting a number of early adopters looking to get their hands on the refreshed 4-inch smartphone to line up over the past twenty-four hours. Early morning lines for the iPhone SE could be found in a handful of major cities, ranging from Sydney, Australia to Miami, Florida, but many other Apple ...

Elon Musk Backtracks on Earlier Comments, Says 'I Don't Hate Apple'

Friday October 9, 2015 4:00 pm PDT by
Elon Musk raised eyebrows yesterday when he called Apple the "Tesla Graveyard" in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, but this afternoon he attempted to smooth things over with a series of tweets clarifying his stance on the company. "Yo, I don't hate Apple," he said before stating "it's a great company with a lot of talented people." Musk says he loves Apple products and he's...

Elon Musk: If You Don't Make It at Tesla, You Go Work at Apple

Thursday October 8, 2015 6:18 pm PDT by
In a new interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt (via Business Insider), Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke about his thoughts on the much-rumored Apple Car. Additionally, Musk was asked what he thought about Apple hiring away some of Tesla's "most important engineers." Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the “Tesla Graveyard.” If you don’t...
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Apple Continues to Recruit Talent to Join Secretive Automotive Team

Tuesday September 1, 2015 12:42 pm PDT by
Apple continues to recruit talent to bolster its "Project Titan" team, which is rumored to be researching an electric vehicle. Over the past several weeks, the company has hired multiple employees from Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, and other companies in the automotive and technology industries, likely to join hundreds of others already working on the so-called "Apple Car." Apple hired...

Apple Working On Project That Will 'Give Tesla a Run for its Money' Says Employee

Monday February 9, 2015 2:07 pm PST by
Following last week's news of a mysterious Apple-leased vehicle roaming the streets of Northern California, an Apple employee has given some details to Business Insider, suggesting Apple is working on a project that will "give Tesla a run for its money."After writing about how the van could be used for a self-driving car, we got an unsolicited email from an employee at Apple about "vehicle...
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Apple, Tesla Fighting Over Top Employees

Thursday February 5, 2015 5:48 pm PST by
Apple and Tesla have been battling to recruit top talent from each other, according to a new report from Bloomberg Business. Tesla has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than they have from any other company. The company has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than from any other company, even carmakers. The former Apple staffers work in many areas of the...
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Third-Party Tesla App Provides Look at Opportunities and Limitations of Apple Watch Development [Updated]

Friday January 30, 2015 5:53 pm PST by
Apple made its WatchKit SDK available alongside the release of iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta in November, enabling developers to begin creating apps and software for the wrist-worn device. Looking beyond mockups and conceptual apps, however, a new third-party Tesla app designed by ELEKS offers insight into both the opportunities and limitations that developers face with the first-generation Apple...

Tesla CEO Confirms 'Conversations' With Apple, Says Any Acquisition 'Very Unlikely'

Wednesday February 19, 2014 4:55 pm PST by
Following a report earlier this week suggesting Apple had considered purchasing Tesla, Tesla CEO Elon Musk today confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg Television that his company "had conversations" with Apple. Musk went on to say that he could not comment on whether the conversations had revolved around any kind of acquisition, but he did confirm that at the current time, an acquisition of...
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Apple May Have Considered Purchasing Tesla, Researching Audio to Predict Heart Attacks

Sunday February 16, 2014 4:54 am PST by
Apple's interest in vehicle and medical integration for its products is well-known, but a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle claims some new details on both fronts, including word that Apple may have explored a potential purchase of electric car manufacturer Tesla last year. The specific claim that Apple was considering a purchase of Tesla seems to be primarily speculation, but the...

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

Thursday October 24, 2013 11:55 am PDT by
Upstart 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 ...
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Tesla Motors Hires Former Apple Real Estate Executive

Thursday July 8, 2010 11:59 am PDT by
Electric car development company Tesla Motors today announced that it has hired George Blankenship, former Vice President of Real Estate for Apple, to head up the company's retail effort as it looks to begin offering its cars for sale with initial retail stores in Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington, DC. As Apple's Vice President of Real Estate, he created one of the most successful retail growth...