Apple has hired a veteran of Italian automaker Lamborghini to lead its not-so-secret self-driving electric car project, unofficially called the “Apple Car.” The hole was provided by Bloomberg.
Luigi Taborrelli was head of chassis and dynamics for Lamborghini. During his automotive career, he worked on the Urus SUV and models such as the Huracan Coupé, Performante and Aventador Coupé, as well as smaller series projects such as the Lamborghini Sterrato.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Taraborrelli left the company in May, after nearly 21 years of service.
Taraborrelli isn’t the only recent hire to the “Project Titan” team, as Apple calls the car.
Late last year, he brought in Ulrich Kranz, the former head of electric car maker Canoo and former head of electric car maker BMW. Before him, it was the turn of Stuart Bowers, the former boss of Tesla, to work on autonomous driving technology.
Earlier this year, the company “stolen” a 31-year Ford veteran to take care of the car’s safety. The group also includes several former employees of Tesla, Rivian Automotive, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz, McLaren, Porsche, Aston Martin and even Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company.
What do we know about the Apple Car?
Apple has been secretly working on a car since 2014. At the time, it was believed to be an electric car only. However, rumors indicate that it will be completely independent, that is, a self-driving car.
His appearance has not yet been confirmed by the company. What there is, so far, is the provision and speculation made by fans and experts in the field, such as the one that shows the top of this report.
According to unofficial sources heard by Bloomberg, the design will be similar to models in the Life line and Start it The North American Canoe.
The car would have side seats, instead of the standard front and back seats. No steering wheel or pedals. The company would also consider adding a large touchscreen, similar to those in Tesla cars.
Documents submitted to the US authorities show the registration of a patent for a new solar technology, in which the driver will be able to control the level of transparency of the glass.
Apple will also be developing a “monocell” battery, capable of increasing the space inside car batteries.
It is expected to be released between 2024 and 2025.