Apple has appointed a former top exec to head up its Apple Car project, a new report claims.
Bob Mansfield, a former Senior Vice President at Apple, is now in charge of Apple’s highly secretive ‘Project Titan’ automobile project, according to the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ’s sources – “people familiar with the matter” – say Mansfield will now “oversee” the development of the car entirely.
“Earlier this month, employees at Apple noticed in the company directory that all the senior managers on the car project were now reporting to Mr Mansfield,” WSJ reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi’s article reads.
Apple’s Bob Mansfield is supposedly heading up the mysterious ‘Project Titan’
Bob Mansfield is a hardware engineer who was previously Senior Vice President of Technologies. He joined Apple in 1999 and worked as a top executive under the late CEO Steve Jobs. Mansfield left the executive team in 2013 to work on “special projects under CEO Tim Cook”.
Mansfield’s recent career has been shrouded in mystery, with the former executive having reportedly supervised the development of the Apple Watch and smart television products. He also led the teams that developed the MacBook Air, the iMac, and the iPad.
Reports that Apple is building an Apple Car have been circulating for months. The company is supposedly developing an electric (and possibly autonomous) vehicle under the codename ‘Project Titan’. But despite growing evidence that this secret project exists, Apple has not publicly confirmed the existence of an Apple Car.
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