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Apple Hires Former Tesla Engineering VP With Expertise in Car Interiors

Apple recently hired Steve MacManus, a former Tesla executive in charge of engineering for car exteriors and interiors, reports Bloomberg. MacManus joined Tesla at 2015 and has also worked at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, and Aston Martin. According to his LinkedIn profile, MacManus is now a “Senior Director” at Apple, with no additional information …

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Apple Confirms Acquisition of Self-Driving Vehicle Startup Drive.ai

Apple purchased Drive.ai, an autonomous driving startup based out of Mountain View, the company confirmed to Axios today. Apple has hired dozens of Drive.ai engineers, and Drive.ai has ceased all operations over the course of the last few weeks. Rumors in early June suggested Apple was in the process of acquiring Drive.ai to boost its …

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Second Apple Employee Accused of Stealing Apple Car Details

The United States FBI this week accused a Chinese citizen working for Apple of attempting to steal trade secrets that are related to the company’s autonomous vehicle program, reports NBC Bay Area. Apple launched an investigation into the employee, Jizhong Chen, when another employee spotted him taking photographs “in a sensitive work space.” Apple Global …

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Apple Engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober Working on Anti-Motion Sickness VR Technology for Use in Autonomous Vehicles

Engineer and popular YouTuber Mark Rober, who is known for his science-related videos that can rack up millions of views, works at Apple as an engineer in the special projects group, reports Variety. The site says that Rober has been working on Apple’s virtual reality projects, including “using VR as on-board entertainment for self-driving cars.” …

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Driverless Autonomous Cars Can Now Be Tested in California

New regulations that allow driverless autonomous cars to be tested on California roads were officially approved by the California Office of Administrative Law on Monday, reports the San Francisco Examiner. Starting on April 2, companies in the Bay Area that are working on self-driving vehicle technology will be able to deploy cars that do not …

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Apple 'Accelerating' Efforts to Catch Up With Self-Driving Competition, Expands California Fleet to 27 Vehicles

Apple has expanded its California fleet of self-driving vehicles from three registered last April to 27 as of early 2018, according to a new report posted by Bloomberg today and sourced from emails with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Following the first three vehicle registrations, from July 2017 to January 2018 Apple has registered …

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Apple May Be Testing Autonomous Vehicles at Arizona Site

Apple may be leasing a former Fiat-Chrysler vehicle testing site in Arizona for autonomous vehicle research purposes, according to an unnamed source that spoke to Jalopnik. Apple has reportedly been recruiting automative test engineers and technicians from vehicle proving grounds around Arizona to work at the site, located in Surprise, Arizona, but neither Apple nor …

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