VW nabs Apple exec for self-driving automotive growth
Automotive Information (subscription required) reported on the hiring on Wednesday and stated Hitzinger was previously a part of Apple’s Venture Titan electrical automotive venture. It is understood Apple beforehand had a car venture within the works, however the initiative ultimately disbanded after lack of readability over a ultimate objective.
Nonetheless, numerous patents and Apple’s personal hirings have led some to take a position the corporate should still have eyes on a bodily automotive.
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Even Hitzinger is aware of VW. Earlier than joined Apple, he labored at VW’s Porsche subsidiary.
VW has tried to play catch up in a phase stuffed with newcomers and established names together with Google’s Waymo and Basic Motors’ Cruise Automation. VW reportedly tried to buy Aurora to make up for misplaced floor within the house, however the startup declined the automaker’s provide. The 2 presently have a partnership to develop self-driving expertise, although it is not unique. Aurora additionally works with quite a few different automakers.
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Regardless of falling behind, VW has insisted it should have a business self-driving car able to hit the highway in 2021. Volkswagen previewed such a car with its Sedric idea from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Present. The idea sported in-house expertise from VW to offer Sedric Stage 5 self-driving functionality, which requires no human enter at any time. The idea car additionally lacked a steering wheel and pedals.
Hitzinger’s appointment is efficient instantly and we’ll absolutely hear extra from him as we method VW’s timeframe for an autonomous car.