Tesla’s Model 3 production head has returned to Apple

The Apple Car Play dashboard

Tesla poached Field from Apple in 2013 stating that he had the "leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products". Reuters and John Gruber at Daring Fireball got first confirmation on the development from Apple, along with whispers that Field is now working on Apple's hush-hush Project Titan self-driving auto initiative (Apple didn't confirm that part).

Doug Field is a very experienced engineer, having enjoyed spells at Segway from 1999 to 2008 as VP of design and engineering as well as becoming the company's CTO. In April, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a tweet that he had asked Field to manage the company's engineering and production while Musk focused more time on Model 3 production.

Field has spent the past five years at Tesla.

VentureBeat calls Project Titan Apple's "unusually open secret", with claims "that Apple has flip-flopped between advancing and scaling back the project". While Apple's auto project has been rumored to have been scaled back over the last few years, a major hire like Field from Tesla suggests Apple still has big plans in the works for their so-called Apple vehicle. That fits with what Apple does: produces all its own hardware and sells them directly to consumers.

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