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Doug Field, a five-year employee of Apple working in the company's Mac hardware group, has been hired away by electric car-maker Tesla.

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Tesla Motors officially announced the hire Thursday afternoon. In his new role at the company, Field will serve as vice president of Vehicle Programs, and will be responsible for driving development of new vehicles.

In taking on the new position, Field has left his role as vice president of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple. In that role, he oversaw the development of the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac models.

"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple," said Field. "I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere.

"As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world--while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley."

The position at Tesla marks a return to the automotive industry for Field, as he began his career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company. Before he joined Apple, he was a chief engineer at Segway.

"Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world," said Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla. "Tesla's future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug's experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team."

Field has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue.
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Cool. Maybe he can get Tesla to do more Apple-Tesla collaboration.
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Good for him and Tesla. He seems genuinely passionate about cars and to be a remarkably talented guy.

My only question is, "How deep is Apple's hardware engineering bench?"
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Maybe he can be responsible for keeping Android out of the best cars available.

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post #5 of 38
Good for him. I'm extremely impressed with what Tesla has achieved. They're basically the Apple of the auto industry, and I predict huge things for their future.
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His experience at designing overpriced hardware should help him fit in nicely at Tesla. 1smile.gif

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Maybe he can be responsible for keeping Android out of the best cars available.
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I guess that means it can’t be stopped. Oh, wait.

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post #9 of 38
Sweet move. People move around Silicon Valley all the time. As long as Tesla doesn't hire Andy Rubin 1smile.gif

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post #10 of 38

From one great engineering company to another ... lucky guy.

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Apple is doooooomed! /s
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Doug Field, a five-year employee of Apple

"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple,"

 

You were only there for 5 years, why would you at all consider leaving? He acts like he was at Apple for 15+ years. 

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Doug Field, a five-year employee of Apple
"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple,"

You were only there for 5 years, why would you at all consider leaving? He acts like he was at Apple for 15+ years. 

5 yrs is a long time in Silicon Valley. Everyone poaches and people burn out.
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It's a shame Elon Musk has publicly stated that he intends to put Android in Tesla vehicles. Ah, well. 

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It's a shame Elon Musk has publicly stated that he intends to put Android in Tesla vehicles. Ah, well. 

 

Oh my gosh... we are not going to blow the horn and it go  D R O I D! 

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His experience at designing overpriced hardware should help him fit in nicely at Tesla. 1smile.gif
 

 

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5 yrs is a long time in Silicon Valley. Everyone poaches and people burn out.

 

5 years goes by as a blink of an eye, and besides, the rest of the VPs have been there considerably longer, with the exception of Bruce. 

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Apple will be buying Tesla in the future and then Elon will eventually be CEO of Apple - a company that makes computers, cars and rockets
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Originally Posted by bennettvista View Post
Apple will be buying Tesla in the future and then Elon will eventually be CEO of Apple - a company that makes computers, cars and rockets

 

I’d drive an Ive-designed car. I believe he worked on one at Apple once…

 

But Musk as CEO? Eh.

 

An Apple rocket would get us to Ganymede in under a year.

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5 yrs is a long time in Silicon Valley. Everyone poaches and people burn out.

 

5 years goes by as a blink of an eye, and besides, the rest of the VPs have been there considerably longer, with the exception of Bruce. 

You're both right.

 

In silicon valley (and other places), 5 years are a long time. Many stay until their options vest, and then move on. Tony Fadell, for example, stayed ~ 6 yrs. The pressure, in many companies, not easy to bear. More than one engineer at Apple sacrificed their marriage for the iPhone.

 

But there are also those who stay, and climb the ranks.

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you're right - Tim as CEO running it and making it work, Elon as visionary, Jony as designer

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Maybe he can be responsible for keeping Android out of the best cars available.

What makes them the best cars available? They have a lot of issues.

 

First they ditched the analog tactile system controls and put everything in the touch screen which is basically an accident waiting to happen because the driver needs to drill down through a menu system to do simple things like adjust the AC temperature.

 

Another thing they got wrong is the regenerative braking options. Again you have to drill down the menu system to change the setting unlike other electric cars that provide a physical switch which makes it simple to switch back and forth between regular and sport, sort of like an overdrive.

 

Another issue in the long list of problems is the lack of creep in stop and go traffic. All automatic transmission cars, and other electric cars, have the feature that when you take your foot off the brake the car will creep forward. Not the Tesla. you have to actually press the accelerator to move forward, which means you're on and off switching from the brake to the accelerator back and forth sometimes to the point of causing fatigue.

 

Another annoyance is the battery reserve gauge. It doesn't tell you the percentage remaining just a line and an estimate of distance based on the driving conditions, but since the car doesn't know what sort of driving is ahead such as hilly terrain or high speed interstate, the estimate is often wrong.

 

There is very little storage for things near the driver such as no where to put toll booth change, drink holders, etc.

 

Adding to the list of issues is the windshield's tendency to easily crack, poor climate controls and greatly reduced range if you use the feeble AC or the heat. Also the clever hidden charging plug is in the back which makes it incompatible with most charging stations which are designed for nose in parking. Another common problem is with the door handles intermittently not deploying automatically. the list goes on.

 

So no, it is not the best car available. Beautiful, fast, expensive. but not best.

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post #23 of 38
Wow! This guy gets to work for my two favorite companies!
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You're both right.

In silicon valley (and other places), 5 years are a long time. Many stay until their options vest, and then move on. Tony Fadell, for example, stayed ~ 6 yrs. The pressure, in many companies, not easy to bear. More than one engineer at Apple sacrificed their marriage for the iPhone.

But there are also those who stay, and climb the ranks.

Most of Apple's SVPs have been there for a long time. Eddy Cue over 24 years, Jony Ive 21 and Phil Schller 16 years. But they may be the exception to the norm.
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you're right - Tim as CEO running it and making it work, Elon as visionary, Jony as designer

That's a good one. You need to use the sarcasm tag.
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What makes them the best cars available? They have a lot of issues.

 

First they ditched the analog tactile system controls and put everything in the touch screen which is basically an accident waiting to happen because the driver needs to drill down through a menu system to do simple things like adjust the AC temperature.

 

Another thing they got wrong is the regenerative braking options. Again you have to drill down the menu system to change the setting unlike other electric cars that provide a physical switch which makes it simple to switch back and forth between regular and sport, sort of like an overdrive.

 

Another issue in the long list of problems is the lack of creep in stop and go traffic. All automatic transmission cars, and other electric cars, have the feature that when you take your foot off the brake the car will creep forward. Not the Tesla. you have to actually press the accelerator to move forward, which means you're on and off switching from the brake to the accelerator back and forth sometimes to the point of causing fatigue.

 

Another annoyance is the battery reserve gauge. It doesn't tell you the percentage remaining just a line and an estimate of distance based on the driving conditions, but since the car doesn't know what sort of driving is ahead such as hilly terrain or high speed interstate, the estimate is often wrong.

 

There is very little storage for things near the driver such as no where to put toll booth change, drink holders, etc.

 

Adding to the list of issues is the windshield's tendency to easily crack, poor climate controls and greatly reduced range if you use the feeble AC or the heat. Also the clever hidden charging plug is in the back which makes it incompatible with most charging stations which are designed for nose in parking. Another common problem is with the door handles intermittently not deploying automatically. the list goes on.

 

So no, it is not the best car available. Beautiful, fast, expensive. but not best.

It is such a shame they will never be able to fix any of these major issues.

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It is such a shame they will never be able to fix any of these major issues.

Why do you say that? Everything is fixable but they don't get the title of "best car" until they do.

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Cool. Maybe he can get Tesla to do more Apple-Tesla collaboration.

My first thought, too!

 

I'm not crazy about having Android in my car.

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post #30 of 38
Does he engineer Apple's unibody that strengthens the metal?... This Tesla could have sure used it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pphr7WyNBWU

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post #31 of 38

Doug was sent to Tesla just like Fredo was sent out to Vegas in the Godfather, learn the business, make friends, then BAM!  Apple moves in and takes the whole joint over...  Tim makes Elon an offer he can't refuse.

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Cool. Maybe he can get Tesla to do more Apple-Tesla collaboration.

My first thought, too!

 

I'm not crazy about having Android in my car.

My thought too. The only thing that makes me not put it in the Top 5 list of possibilities for my next vehicle.

 

That said, here's an interesting observation, fwiw: I happened to be at 1 Infinite Loop this summer, and noticed there were two Teslas charging in the 'prime' (I am guessing executive) parking spots!

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Doug Field, a five-year employee of Apple working in the company's Mac hardware group, has been hired away by electric car-maker Tesla after receiving a hot offer.

 

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Maybe this will end now. We can but hope. Tesla represents quality after all.
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Maybe this will end now. We can but hope. Tesla represents quality after all.

What are the alternatives? iOS in the Car is essentially an interface for a connected iDevice, not an OS for a standalone computer.


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What makes them the best cars available? They have a lot of issues.

 

First they ditched the analog tactile system controls and put everything in the touch screen which is basically an accident waiting to happen because the driver needs to drill down through a menu system to do simple things like adjust the AC temperature.

 

Another thing they got wrong is the regenerative braking options. Again you have to drill down the menu system to change the setting unlike other electric cars that provide a physical switch which makes it simple to switch back and forth between regular and sport, sort of like an overdrive.

 

Another issue in the long list of problems is the lack of creep in stop and go traffic. All automatic transmission cars, and other electric cars, have the feature that when you take your foot off the brake the car will creep forward. Not the Tesla. you have to actually press the accelerator to move forward, which means you're on and off switching from the brake to the accelerator back and forth sometimes to the point of causing fatigue.

 

Another annoyance is the battery reserve gauge. It doesn't tell you the percentage remaining just a line and an estimate of distance based on the driving conditions, but since the car doesn't know what sort of driving is ahead such as hilly terrain or high speed interstate, the estimate is often wrong.

 

There is very little storage for things near the driver such as no where to put toll booth change, drink holders, etc.

 

Adding to the list of issues is the windshield's tendency to easily crack, poor climate controls and greatly reduced range if you use the feeble AC or the heat. Also the clever hidden charging plug is in the back which makes it incompatible with most charging stations which are designed for nose in parking. Another common problem is with the door handles intermittently not deploying automatically. the list goes on.

 

So no, it is not the best car available. Beautiful, fast, expensive. but not best.


That "feature" that allows those cars to creep along un-attended isn't a feature at all but the residual effect of the reciprocating mass of the engine being incrementally transmitted through the clutch, transmission, and remaining drivetrain. Vehicles in which the engine can be completely dis-engaged (i.e. manual transmission, dual-clutch ) don't creep.

 

Ease of parking notwithstanding, a driver of a USD$70K car should be able to back into a slot as easily as nose in.

 

Toll change? That so 1990's. In Tesla's home territory, all the toll roads and bridges use wireless fare transponders and one bridge has no toll-takers at all.

 

"...since the car doesn't know what sort of driving is ahead such as hilly terrain or high speed interstate, the estimate is often wrong."

So, you're asking for an accurate utilization projection based on unknown consumption metrics. When you find the machine that can do that, sell it to me. It will make my job a hell of a lot easier.

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Man that'a cool onboard computer, just no one tell Werner Herzog.

 

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post #38 of 38

You all thought you were the biggest fanboys, it looks like the Tesla owners of giving the Apple Fanclub a run for their money

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/tesla-customers-reach-ultimate-cult-level-status/story?id=20967050

 

But I have to say I put Apple and BMW fans in the same book they are both extremely passionate. 

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