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September 7

Ford poaches Apple Car VP, former Tesla exec Doug Field in setback for Project Titan

Bloomberg is reporting today that Apple’s self-driving car project has suffered a major setback. According to the report, Ford has poached Doug Field from Apple. Field joined Apple from Tesla and had been one of the key players on the Project Titan team, serving as a VP on the special projects team.

July 30

Elon Musk wanted to be Apple CEO, but Tim Cook dropped an F bomb on that idea [U: Musk denies]

Update: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is denying that this interaction ever took place. He wrote on Twitter today that he and Cook have never spoken or written to each other. “There was a point where I requested to meet with Cook to talk about Apple buying Tesla. There were no conditions of acquisition proposed whatsoever. He refused to meet,” Musk says.

The history between Tesla and Apple, and between Tim Cook and Elon Musk, varies depending on who you talk to. At one point, Musk claimed to have reached out to Cook about selling Tesla to Apple, but Cook refused to even take a meeting. Cook, on the other hand, claims to have never spoken to Musk.

Now, Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins is out with a new book next month called Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century, and it recounts an expletive-ridden conversation between Cook and Musk about Apple acquiring Tesla.

June 10

Bloomberg: Apple hires BMW veteran who led i3 development to join its electric car team

Apple has hired a former BMW executive to help lead the team working on the rumored Apple Car “Project Titan.” According to Bloomberg, Apple hired Ulrich Kranz within “recent weeks” to work alongside Doug Field leading the Apple Car development.

April 7

VanMoof S3 and X3 e-bikes now support Find My integration, here’s how it works

Apple today announced that its Find My network is now open to third-party accessories. In addition to earbuds from Belkin and an item tracker from Chipolo, two electric bikes from VanMoof are also adding Find My integration: the S3 and X3. Here are the details on how it works.

January 7

Bloomberg: Apple Car team adds more ex-Tesla executives, release at least 5-7 years away

A new report from Bloomberg today offers new details on Apple’s ongoing efforts to build a self-driving electric car. According to the report, Apple has a “small team” working on Apple Car, but a release is likely at least five to seven years away. The Apple Car team has also added even more former Tesla executives, the report says.

December 21, 2020

Reuters: Apple Car could begin production in 2024 with ‘breakthrough battery technology’

Apple Car rumors have been floating around for years, and a new report from Reuters today shed more light on the highly-secretive project. According to the report, production of the electric Apple Car could start as early as 2024, and Apple is once again planning to build its own branded vehicle.

December 9, 2020

Report: Apple working with TSMC on self-driving car chips, model is ‘similar to Tesla’

A sketchy report from Digitimes today claims that Apple is trudging ahead with work on its self-driving car project. The report says that Apple is working with TSMC on self-driving chips and exploring the possibility of some sort of factories in the United States.

October 8, 2019

The Swagskate NG3 is built for kids with “kick to cruise” and a 6-mile battery

Earlier this year, SWAGTRON introduced the NG2 AI-powered electric skateboard. Now, the company is back with a new iteration aimed at kids just before the holidays roll around. The SWAGTRON Swagskate NG3 Kids Electric Skateboard brings an all-new product that offers a “kick to cruise” technology and can go up to 6 miles on a single charge for just $130.

August 19, 2019

Porsche teams up with Apple to offer in-car Apple Music streaming for Taycan EV

Porsche announced today that it has partnered with Apple for infotainment options in its upcoming all-electric Taycan. The partnership will allow users to stream Apple Music directly in the car using the Porsche Taycan’s built-in cellular connection.

June 25, 2019

Tesla’s Sentry Mode and TeslaCam features have become incredibly popular – and are helping owners capture some crazy things. The biggest limitation to these features is how you view the footage, but thanks to iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, things are about to get easier for iPhone and iPad users.

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May 29, 2019

Waymo resumes testing self-driving trucks in Phoenix, Arizona

Waymo’s autonomous technology can be adapted to other vehicles, with the Alphabet company last year detailing work on self-driving trucks. These larger AVs are now returning to Phoenix, Arizona for additional testing.

March 11, 2019

Waymo reportedly seeking outside investors to reduce cost, boost valuation

Late last year, Waymo One launched as a self-driving car service in Phoenix after nine years of development. The Alphabet division still has a long rollout ahead of it, but it can begin recouping R&D costs. A new report today details how Waymo is looking for outside investors.

February 27, 2019

Apple confirms Project Titan layoffs in new filing, engineering positions most affected

Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple had dismissed over 200 staff members from its Project Titan self-driving vehicle department. Now, in a new filing with the California Employment Development Department, Apple has offered more detail on those layoffs.

November 16, 2017

Tesla is set to unveil its new electric semi truck this evening. The event kicks off at 8PM PT (11PM ET – 4AM UTC) and we’ll have in-depth coverage of everything Tesla announces. Head below for our full live blog of the event…

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October 29, 2017

In this week’s top stories: Tesla may be underselling some Model 3 specs based on newly released EPA documents, Tesla delivers the first Model 3 in New York, Elon Musk talks “production hell,” and much more. Read on for this week’s top stories… expand full story

October 21, 2017

In this week’s top stories: Tesla ships Powerpacks to Puerto Rico, a new dual connector charge port design for Model S and Model X, Volvo’s performance electric car brand unveils its first car and announces a ‘Tesla Model 3 competitor,’ and much more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest stories…

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October 15, 2017

In this week’s top stories: Tesla releases several new features with software updates, the first used Model 3 hits the market, the first video of the Tesla Semi emerges, and much more. Head below for a full rundown of this week’s news…

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September 23, 2017

In this week’s top stories: As deliveries continue to increase, we learn more about the Tesla Model 3, Tesla discontinues its cheapest Model S option, Hummer unveils its all-electric vehcile, and much more. Head below for a full rundown of this week’s news…

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September 17, 2017

In this week’s top stories: Tesla continues ramping up Model 3 deliveries, Volkswagen bets big on electric cars and batteries, Elon Musk continues to hype Tesla’s semi, and more…

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September 9, 2017

In this week’s top stories: Tesla Semi speculation continues ahead of the upcoming launch, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range gets a leading efficiency rating, Toyota explains why it’s lagging behind in the electric vehicle race, and more.

Read on for the full rundown of this week’s top stories.

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