Apple has hired a top car development manager at Lamborghini as it ramps up efforts to build a self-driving electric car, Bloomberg reports.
The company hired Luigi Taraborrelli, a 20-year veteran of the Italian automaker, to help lead the design of Apple’s future vehicle, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is not public. Taraborrelli was most recently Lamborghini’s head of chassis and vehicle dynamics.
Taraborrelli becomes one of the most senior managers in Apple’s automotive team. According to his LinkedIn profile, he led the development of Chassis and Vehicle Dynamics for Lamborghini’s car company. Responsibilities included development of chassis concept, vehicle characteristic, overall vehicle lap performance, vehicle dynamics targets, handling & ride characteristic, suspension elastokinematics, vehicle objectification, virtual simulation, software coding and in-vehicle software parameterization and calibration, functional safety and product liability. In 2014, in particular, his responsibilities expanded to chassis electrification.
Apple has had a number of other notable hires of late, including Desi Ujkashevic, a 31-year veteran of Ford, and Ulrich Kranz co-founder of Canoo. Hundreds of former engineers from Tesla, Rivian, Waymo, Volvo and Mercedes are reportedly working on the vehicle, as are executives from Tesla, McLarne, Porsche and Aston Martin.
Bloomberg expects Apple to introduce its car around 2025 with a design without a steering wheel or pedals, using autonomous technology to carry passengers in a limousine-like interior.
More details in the full report linked below…