There has been much speculation recently about Apple’s motives when it comes to the automotive world, and nobody seems to be quite certain of what their next step could be.
Though a car manufacturer and a software and hardware development company seem to be unlikely rivals, the future of the automotive industry depends more and more on the integration of new technologies every day. Tesla has been keenly aware of that fact, and has treated its cars more like giant drivable electronics than a feat of engineering. And, as Bloomberg reported Feb. 5, the brain-child of Elon Musk has attracted more than 150 Apple employees to its work force.
Of course, it was only a matter of time before Apple began doing the same. A Feb. 9 report from Business Insider tells us that Tesla employees are now being hired away by Apple. An unsolicited email from an apparent Apple employee told Business Insider that “Tesla employees were ‘jumping ship’ to work at Apple.”
“Apple’s latest project is too exciting to pass up,” the Apple employee is quoted as saying. “I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money.”
Could the software giant be entering the manufacturing industry? Reports of mysterious vans driving in Brooklyn, New York, and Concord, California, have been credited to Apple, with speculation pointing toward it being a possible autonomous car prototype. On Feb. 3, CBS San Francisco ran a story covering the van, stating that the Department of Motor Vehicles has confirmed that both vans are leased to Apple, though the company does not have a testing permit for driverless cars. A video of the van in Brooklyn, below, was uploaded to YouTube by i a myself Sept. 19, 2014.
Financially, Tesla has high hopes for its future. A Feb. 11 Business Insider article states Musk predicts that the electric automaker could match Apple’s $700 billion market value by 2025.
The future of the automotive industry is rapidly changing before our eyes, and it seems that whoever holds the most advanced technologies will lead the world’s transportation further into the 21st century. Only time will tell who that will be, with new contenders entering the fight each day.
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(Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg, CBS San Francisco)