By Wes Raynal, Crain News Service
CUPERTINO, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2015) — Word in Silicon Valley is that Apple Inc.'s tech gurus are going to have an electric car ready to roll in 2019.
The Wall Street Journal reported the company has internally designated an electric car as a “committed project.” It is codenamed “Titan,” and the paper said Apple is raising the number of people working on it from 600 to 1,800, as it lures engineers from Volkswagen A.G., Tesla Motors and other companies.
Apple is known for keeping its future products secret almost as much as it's known for the iPhone. Indeed, the company hasn't confirmed it is working on a car, even though it's lured dozens of EV and autonomous-driving engineers from the likes of VW and Tesla. For example, Automotive News, a sister publication of Tire Business, reports that Apple has hired Megan McClain, a former VW engineer with expertise in automated driving, and Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, a hub of automated driving research.