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Apple car rumours continue as company reportedly poaches battery specialists

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The Apple Car rumour mill just kicked up a gear as latest reports claim the iPhone 6 creator has been poaching staff from electric car battery manufacturers.

With recent reports suggesting the Cupertino-based firm has designs on entering the automotive space, A123, a specialist electric vehicle battery manufacturer, has filed a lawsuit against Apple over job poaching (via Reuters).

According to A123, Apple has unlawfully poached a number of top-level engineers in order to build its own large-scale battery division.

Add to this recent reports that Tesla staff had been headhunted by the Apple Watch maker, and the Apple Car rumours have hit fever pitch.

Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123,” the lawsuit suggests: “

Although the Lithium-Ion technology A123 is renowned for is similar to the tech used in smartphone and laptop batteries, the manufacturer specialises in big batteries destined for cars and machinery.

Further hinting at Apple’s vehicular plans, the claim adds: "It appears that Apple, with the assistance of defendant Ijaz, is systematically hiring away A123’s high-tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123.

"They are doing so in an effort to support Apple’s apparent plans to establish a battery division that is similar if not identical to A123’s, in competition with A123.”

As you might expect, Apple has yet to shed any formal light on such speculation.

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Apple car rumours have ramped up in recent weeks with claimed insiders having reported “dozens of Apple employees, led by experienced managers from its iPhone unit” are currently conducting car-based research at a secret lab.

It has been claimed Apple’s mooted entrant to the automotive market will look to the future, acting as an automated, driverless electric car.

We will of course bring you more details on the rumoured Apple car as, and when, we have them.

chaosdefinesorder

February 20, 2015, 11:26 am

Didn't a lot of companies (including Apple) get into trouble recently for adding non-compete and anti-poaching clauses and collusion to prevent inter-company hiring?

Wouldn't this be a bit of a self-defeating lawsuit? "Hi Mr Judge, we want to sue our employees for getting a job in a different company, through the use of anti-competitive practices"

Marleychil

February 25, 2015, 12:28 am

I agree and disagree. I agree for all the statements made in this article. The automaker know it not be an advisable move on Apple's behave, and I believe they correct. I also feel they know what Apple is doing is not indirect competition. But what if their is a ripe opportunity that could lead to competition to the industry as a whole

This opportunity does exist, and is ripening with each passing day. What if you could custom build a business model that representative 5 to 10 times the profit of the current auto manufacture business model? What if this same model offered many increased benefits to customers? What if you it cost the customer a whole lot less.

Welcome to the Autonomous Driverless Car low hanging fruit.

Owning a driverless car opens the opportunity, and if it is electric (EV) add bonus points. The Revolution will not be televised", but it will be electrified. Did you hear that esla is getting ready to install Automated Robot charging at their supercharger? What? Welcome to the revolution.

(1) Imagine you have a custom design vehicle for whatever you are currently doing for a fraction of the cost. You picking up stuff from Home Depot, going to a wedding, carrying half of the softball team, and this list go on at least 20 scenarios.

(2) Imagine greater personal security, greater convenience, quicker travel, and greater traffic safety.

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