What you need to know
- Doug Field, the head of Apple's car project, has left for Ford.
- The executive will serve as the company's Chief Advanced Technology and Embedded Systems Officer.
- It is currently unknown who will replace Field at Apple.
The Apple Car project has just lost another major executive.
As reported by Bloomberg, Doug Field, the current head of Apple's electric car project, is leaving the company for Ford. Fields has been hired as the company's Chief Advanced Technology and Embedded Systems Officer. It is currently unclear who will take Fields' place at Apple.
Jim Farley, Ford's CEO, says that Fields' hiring is a "watershed moment for our company."
Fields says that he was convinced to join Ford because "there was a deep desire to really change and embrace these technologies."
As noted by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Fields is the fourth executive who ran Apple's car project to leave the company. In a statement, Apple said that "we're grateful for the contributions Doug has made to Apple and we wish him all the best in this next chapter."
Doug Field is the FOURTH person in charge of Apple's car project to leave in its 6 year history. Absolutely wild and a rare public failure for Apple. https://t.co/E9tRypPoC3 https://t.co/Trs0xNxL0oDoug Field is the FOURTH person in charge of Apple's car project to leave in its 6 year history. Absolutely wild and a rare public failure for Apple. https://t.co/E9tRypPoC3 https://t.co/Trs0xNxL0o— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 7, 2021September 7, 2021
Fields' departure is another in a long line of setbacks for Apple and its ambition to build an autonomous electric vehicle. While some have speculated that the company could release an electric car as early as 2025, others say it may be closer to the end of the decade.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.