THE Apple wants to accelerate the development of its autonomous electric car. To help with the model’s construction process, the Cupertino giant hired a former Lamborghini executive who specialized in chassis and design. The vehicle, commonly called apple carcould have started mass production by 2025.
According Bloombergthe new recruit was Luigi Taraborrelli, an executive who worked at Lamborghini for 20 years and left the company in May 2022.
At the Italian automaker, Taraborrelli helped lead projects on suspension components, steering systems and driver assistance technologies, for example. Some models that contribute their efforts include: the Urus SUV, Huracán Coupé, Performante and Aventador Coupé, as well as limited series projects such as the Huracán Sterrato.
The arrival of an executive with years of experience suggests Apple is committed to producing its own self-driving electric car. However, this project, until then called Titan, has had its ups and downs since its launch in 2014, as the company has delayed its arrival on the market due to problems and the loss of key employees for the development of the car.
One of them was Doug Field, an engineering manager who ran Apple’s special projects, a team that also worked on the Apple car. He was hired by Ford in September 2021 and his departure apparently impacted the progress of the project.
Either way, Apple has made some key hires and appointments over the past year, leaving Kevin Lynch, one of its top software managers, as project supervisor. In May, Apple also hired Desi Ujkashevic, Ford’s former global safety engineering director.
What to expect from Apple Car
There still isn’t much information about the alleged Apple Car, but according to a report by Informationit should have four seats, a curved roof and a trunk with motion detection for easy opening.
The document also claims that the Cupertino giant lobbied the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States to release a vehicle without a steering wheel or brake pedal.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that the company aims to start mass production by 2025, but since the project has already faced several management changes and other technical issues, it is possible that the launch deadline will continue to be delayed.