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Second Apple engineer accused of stealing self-driving car tech secrets for China

Following an accusation last July against an ex-Apple engineer, the FBI has arrested a second Apple employee after he allegedly tried to steal self-driving car technology secrets and leave the country. The employee is Jizhong Chen, and according to a CNBC report on Wednesday, the FBI arrested him one day before he was scheduled to leave for China. Apple reportedly began investigating Chen when another employee said he or she witnessed him taking photos in a secretive area. Chen then allowed Apple Global Security to search his laptop, where they…

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Apple drops 200 staff from Project Titan self-driving car skunkworks

Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX – Image via MacCallister Higgins Apple has let more than 200 employees go from its secretive Project Titan self-driving car operation. CNBC first reported on the move Thursday and an Apple spokesperson acknowledged the cuts in a statement to the news organization. The spokesperson said Apple will refocus on other projects and areas in 2019 and some groups were moved to other parts of the company. However, the company still believes “there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique…

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VW poaches Apple executive for self-driving car development

Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show Volkswagen has successfully hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to help lead self-driving technology development. His larger role is direct responsibility for technical development for commercial vehicles, and he will also lead the company’s Mobility as a Service initiative, which imagines a future in which people will simply ride in cars rather than own them. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Hitzinger’s hiring on Wednesday and noted the former Apple executive was part of the company’s Project Titan team. Project Titan was Apple’s self-driving electric-car…

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Apple hires senior designer from Tesla

Apple store Apple has once again sparked rumors it may be developing more than just self-driving car software. The California-based technology giant has hired Andrew Kim, a former senior designer at Tesla. The Verge reported on Kim’s hiring on Monday and said Kim’s first day at Apple was last week. Kim’s departure from Tesla follows former chief vehicle engineer Doug Fields, who did not return from a leave of absence this past summer. Fields formerly worked at Apple but joined Tesla in 2013. He returned to Apple in August. Kim…

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Jaguar Land Rover finally offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2019 Jaguar I-Pace S Apple CarPlay and Android Auto continue to spread across automakers’ infotainment systems. The latest to gain integration? Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker announced Tuesday that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality will finally be optional for any vehicle equipped with the InControl Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems. Both will be standard equipment on the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, however. The option will come in the form of a “Smartphone Pack.” The package will be offered on every 2019 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle when equipped…

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