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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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RE: And people chuckled...
By ritualm on 10/26/2013 6:18:28 PM , Rating: 3
$176-billion is chump change. Why bother doing the R&D when you can simply "inherit" government research for much cheaper? Get the taxpayers to do all the hard work for you, then walk in and claim credit for it.

Data centers with solar panel installations are irrelevant to SolarCity, despite their similarities.

Apple can't pull off a Tesla without simultaneously ripping off consumers with middling offerings disguised as high-end.

None of what you said is logical. Even if Steve Jobs is alive, the chances of Apple taking over the automobile industry are next to zero. With Tim Cook? I'd place more money on Apophis making an ELE than his going into making cars.


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