The Apple Car project has been on the move for years now and it still hasn’t been able to turn anything into a product.
Now, following the news that former lead Doug Field has moved on to Ford, we’re hearing that Apple Watch head Kevin Lynch is the name that could be moving to take Field’s place.
The news comes via a Bloomberg report that suggests Lynch will be the one in charge of Apple Car moving forward, although it isn’t clear what his remit will be. Will Apple Car take a new direction, or is Lynch being moved over to wind the project down and re-use any technology where possible?
He first started working on the project earlier this year when he took over teams handling the underlying software. Now he is overseeing the whole group, which also includes hardware engineering and work on self-driving car sensors, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the move isn’t public.
The choice of Lynch to head the car project indicates much of the company’s focus still remains on underlying software and self-driving technology — rather than the vehicle’s physical mechanics. Lynch has been a software executive for decades, not someone who oversees hardware teams. He’s also never worked at a car company.
Recent rumors have Apple Car likely to be ready for production in or around 2025, but it still isn’t clear what that will be. Apple has been trying to find a manufacturing partner with little success and the company is now thought to be sounding out car parts suppliers in a move that could see it build its own car from scratch.
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