Apple has apparently acquired the services of yet another automotive executive as speculation about its rumoured car project continues to ramp up.
According to a LinkedIn profile update from (ex-)senior Tesla engineer Jamie Carlson, he now works for Apple. The business networking page now lists Carlson as an employee in a “special projects group.”
Re/Code points out Carlson is the seventh known person with experience in the automated driving sector to wind up in Cupertino.
The news comes after last week’s Guardian report showcasing documents confirming Apple is hoping to test a vehicle at a secretive California track used by other manufacturers to test self-driving cars.
That report shifted the conversation somewhat, with most observers now believing Apple is working on a self-driving car, rather than a manned e-car to rival the current Tesla fleet.
Apple is yet to confirm or deny the reports it is building a car, but the firm’s operations chief Jeff Williams recently teased that the car is the “ultimate mobile device."
Regardless of whether Apple is working on an e-car or a self-driving car or something else all together, one thing is clear; its automotive ambitions stretch well beyond CarPlay.