Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that an executive who once worked for Lamborghini has joined Apple to work on the long-rumored electric vehicle that the company is developing.
Reports claim Luigi Taraborrelli, a Lamborghini veteran, has been engaged by Apple to help lead the design of its next vehicle. According to his LinkedIn page, Taraborrelli was in charge of chassis and vehicle dynamics engineering and R &D at Lamborghini. Taraborrelli had a key role in the development of a wide range of automotive components, including the suspension, rims, tyres, steering, brake, and exhaust systems, as well as the fuel and driver aid technologies.
According to Taraborrelli on LinkedIn, he has worked in the automotive industry for more than twenty years, building and reshaping his team’s organization to fit the company’s vision and objectives for the past two decades. He also stated that technology is one of his interests, which makes Apple a great fit for him.
Speculation about Apple’s plans for an electric car has been rife since 2014. Kevin Lynch, who is also a key member of the Apple Watch team, and John Giannandrea, the company’s head of machine learning, continue to oversee the project.
The Information’s Wayne Ma revealed earlier this month that Apple’s car design ambitions included four seats facing inwards, a curving ceiling that resembled the roof of a Volkswagen Beetle, and a trunk that automatically raises for easier access. According to the article, Apple has requested exemptions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to deploy a vehicle without a steering wheel and a brake pedal.
Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo allege that Apple plans to commence mass production of the car by 2025, but the project has experienced multiple leadership changes and other technological hurdles so that the launch date may continue to be pushed back further.