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Doug Field
He will now be Tesla's Vice President of Vehicle Programs

Tesla Motors just grabbed an Apple engineer for its team.

The electric automaker announced that it hired Doug Field to be its Vice President of Vehicle Programs this week. Field was previously Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple.

“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 Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “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.”

Field, who started his engineering career in the auto industry with Ford Motor Company, is responsible for the development of many popular Apple products like MacBook Air, iMac and MacBook Pro. 

“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."

Tesla wants the best engineers out there, and where better to go searching than a former auto engineer who works at one of the top tech companies in the world. Tesla and Apple are a lot alike in that they both sell high-end, clean-designed products meant to rock their respective industries.

Source: Tesla Motors

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I'm curious how long he's been out of Ford
By bill.rookard on 10/25/2013 4:29:58 PM , Rating: 3
as quite honestly, I'm surprised by his comment about Tesla being the 'first high tech automotive company'. The technologies in most modern cars (be it IC or electric) is anything but 'low'. If you look at the innovation and technology advances in current automobiles, 300hp vehicles which are quiet, comfortable, and get 30+ mpg are now quite common. All of that is done of course through technology.

Yes, Tesla is probably 'bleeding edge' when it comes to control systems and comfort/infotainment, but some of the first cars developed were actually small electrics back in the 1890s. So - calling it 'high tech' versus other manufacturers when it uses a system which has been around just as long as the IC engine is somewhat incorrect.

Yes they have a lot of tech in their cars, but it uses the same propulsion systems that have been around for over a century, just like everyone else. If he comes up with a Star Trek transporter system, or functioning Warp Drive, THEN I'll consider that high-tech.

RE: I'm curious how long he's been out of Ford
By ritualm on 10/25/13, Rating: -1
By Manch on 10/26/2013 5:17:20 AM , Rating: 3
Ford has produced a lot of high tech and incorporated it into their vehicles. Same can be said for GM and Dodge as well.

One example of Ford's latest and best is plasma-transferred wire arc (PTWA). Basically instead of pressing in a cylinder lining, it's sprayed in. In addition to shaving weight off of the engine block (8lbs in a 5.4 V8), it's extremely durable, more so than the traditional press in. It eliminates piston bore matching, so only one size piston is used. While this does eliminate the ability to bore out the engine, apart from a catastrophic failure the lining will not wear out like the press in does.

The Nissan GTR which most consider a high tech car uses this. Other industries are now using it as well.

By BRB29 on 10/28/2013 9:24:42 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, if you look at the reliability ratings for the Ford vehicles, you'll see that it has terrible ratings. But it's not because their vehicles break down easy. Part of the ratings is if the user can get use the "functions" properly. A ton of people can't figure out MFT. Many other automakers don't have that problem.

I used it too and find it frustrating. Yes, I figured it out in a few minutes but I can that many people will lose their minds. Older people definitely will have a hard time using that interface.

By mike66 on 10/25/2013 8:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
Your comment then makes perfect sense as to why they hired an Apple guy, dress up old hardware to make it look new.

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