We still don’t know how far the development of the Apple Car has come, despite old rumors that the car could arrive as early as 2025. Head of Lamborghini for the project.
According to sources speaking to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (will open in a new tab)Apple has just hired Luigi Taraborelli, a 20-year Lamborghini veteran who was most recently Head of Chassis and Vehicle Dynamics. From the looks of it, his role at Apple will shape the design of the Apple Car.
Taraborelli worked on a variety of cars during his time at Lamborghini, including the Urus, Huracan and Aventador. His role was to oversee the development of the automaker’s chassis, including related components such as handling, suspension, steering brakes and discs.
These are all pretty important components in any car, even if Apple Car is rumored to have no way for a human driver to take control.
(Image credit: Lamborghini)
While it’s still unclear what stage of Apple Car development Apple is in, Taraborelli’s hiring shows that Apple is still committed to making its automotive ambitions a reality. And this despite all the failures of the project over the past few months.
Project lead Doug Field defected to Ford last October, and Apple has reportedly placed Kevin Lynch in charge of developing the Apple Car. Lynch is currently Vice President of Technology and oversees various software development projects, most notably Apple Watch software.
Field is not the only key figure to leave the Apple Car project, but the most famous in recent years. The project itself reportedly had ongoing problems with management changes, changes in strategy, and employee layoffs.
And this is in addition to the legal and technological obstacles that stand in the way of creating a truly autonomous car. Assuming Apple still wants to hit the ground running and skip cars with limited autonomy – like the systems you find in a car from Tesla or GM.
Bringing Taraborrelli on board isn’t the only high-profile hire Apple has made in recent times, but it shows that Apple sees talent. Also, bringing in a key figure from a luxury car manufacturer like Lamborghini suggests that Apple is likely pursuing the premium aesthetic that all of its other products are known for.
The only question we have is when is Apple really going to start talking about the Apple Car? The company is notorious for keeping new product information under wraps, and so far the Apple Car has been no exception.
The truth is, we probably won’t hear anything until the car is ready to launch, which means we’ll have to wait until at least some point in 2025. But given the Apple Car’s already long development time, I wouldn’t be surprised if we wait a little longer. But hey, if and when the Apple Car does show up, it should be a sight to behold.
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