Doug Field, the current director of Apple’s electric vehicle project, is leaving the company to join Ford.
Field will become the company’s chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer, effective immediately.
Field joins Ford from Apple where he was Vice President of Special Projects for the company.
Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Tesla. He reports to Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company.
Widely recognized as one of the world’s most recognized engineering and product design leaders, Mr. Doug Field has been a driving force behind groundbreaking innovations in automotive, technology and mobility, including Apple Inc., Tesla Inc. and Segway Inc., Farley said.
Field will be responsible for Ford’s embedded software and hardware organization, which includes vehicle controls, enterprise connectivity, functions, integration and validation, an architecture platform, driver assistance technology and digital engineering tools. Field will be based in Dearborn, Michigan.
Recent hires at Apple include two former Mercedes engineers with extensive experience in mass production of automobiles, as well as in steering, dynamics, software and project management.
These engineers are currently employed as product design engineers at Apple’s Special Projects Group, where they were most likely hired to work on the rumored “Apple Car”.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the Apple Car launch is unlikely to happen before 2025-2027.
As stated in a research note, Apple Car’s specs are still ongoing. Kuo also stated that the vehicle’s release date could move even further to 2028 or later …