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Apple is said to recruit engineers for car development project

Fred O'Connor | Feb. 16, 2015
Apple's recent hires include a Mercedes-Benz executive who led its Silicon Valley R&D center.

Thus far, Apple's interest in the auto industry has been limited to CarPlay. That software allows components of iOS, including Siri and iTunes, to be controlled through a car dashboard. Volvo and Volkswagen have offered it in vehicles.

Apple could also team up with an automaker to bring a car to market. Google might pursue that course, too, as its vehicles get closer to release. Google has talked to Ford, General Motors and Toyota, among others, to decided whether to build the car itself or provide its software and technology to others.

Updated at 4:59 PM with additional details.

 

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