Tesla, a car company that is as much about the tech industry as it is about the auto industry, is hiring an engineer from Apple to lead development. Doug Field, who served as Apple's vice president of Mac hardware engineering, is Tesla's new vice president of vehicle programs.
"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple," Field said in a statement released by Apple.
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The hiring is the latest sign that Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk is focused on tech engineering in Tesla models as well as on traditional development of vehicles. That's hardly a surprise, as the Model S has won rave reviews for its incorporation of software and tech features.
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In announcing Field's hiring, Musk said, "Tesla's future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug's experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team."