Apple’s latest Tesla hire specializes in car interiors



Another high tech Tesla technology executive has jumped to Apple. Steve MacManus, who had been vice president of technology in Tesla, is currently a senior manager at Apple, according to an upgrade in his LinkedIn profile.

Bloomberg was the first to report MacManus had shot the position in Apple. MacManus, whose was in charge of interior and outside technology, is the third largest Tesla executive to leave and take a position at Apple this past year. He had been at Tesla since 2015.

His hiring follows two additional high-profile moves from Tesla into Apple, such as former leader Doug Field and Michael Schwekutsch, who worked on drive systems in the electric automaker.

MacManus has a background in industrial design automobile interiors and exteriors. Prior to Tesla, MacManus was chief engineer of human anatomy interior and outside of trimming and hardware in Aston Martin Lagonda. He had been practical manager seating and restraints in Bentley Motors and once worked in Jaguar Land Rover .

This newest hire, and those earlier, imply that Apple’s Project Titan, the company’s not-so-secretive effort to build a self-driving automobile, could be in the midst of a revival. In January, news surfaced that Apple had reassigned 200 employees previously engaged in its development.

At the moment, an Apple spokesperson said the company had an “exceptionally talented team working on autonomous platforms and associated technologies in Apple” and explained that some groups were being transferred to jobs in other areas of the company to encourage system learning and other projects.

Apple couldn’t be reached for comment. TechCrunch will upgrade the content with any info that is new.

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