9to5 Mac is reporting that another former key Tesla employee has ended up on the Apple payroll to work on Apple’s (not so) secret Titan car project. Chris Porritt is the former Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering, and he also worked for Aston Martin as their Chief Engineer. The new hire isn’t much of a surprise as Apple has hired a Tesla employee or three in the past. The same can be said for Tesla who have also welcomed former Apple employees into their fold. Elon Musk has an ongoing joke about the whole situation, often referring to Apple as the “Tesla graveyard.” Musk says Apple hires the people they fire, “if you can’t make it at Tesla, you go to work at Apple.”
Porrit being welcomed into the Apple Titan fold does continue to point to rumors that project Titan isn’t a self-driving-car project but a more high end electric car. In other words, Apple isn’t out to compete with Google in this space, they’re gunning for Tesla and their popular Model S. There’s no doubt that Tesla and Apple will work on a self-driving-car model alongside the premium electric car model. Currently there really isn’t a market for self-driving vehicles and the infrastructure is far from being in place, Apple is about making money in the now rather than heavily investing into a future product.
As Apple continues to build its Titan team and continues to snag a Tesla employee here and there, it will be interesting to see when they’ll let the rest of us take a peek at what’s being worked on. Cult of Mac reports that Apple has a research and development facility already setup in Berlin for project Titan, what we’ll see from Apple is all up in the air though. If you want more information on Chris Porritt’s move to Apple, be sure to hit the source link and read 9to5 Mac’s exclusive report.Source: 9to5 Mac
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