Tesla hires Apple's VP of Product Design to Lead New Vehicle Development

Tesla hires Apple's VP of Product Design to Lead New Vehicle Development

Tesla announced the hiring of Doug Field, who has been Apple's VP of Product Design since 2007 and works closely with Jony Ive.

Doug will be in charge of new vehicle development, my guess is the Model E. This is great news in my book!

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"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, Tesla co-founder and CEO. "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."

"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."

ENGINEER | 24. Oktober 2013

Possibly a designer for the Model E?

AmpedRealtor | 24. Oktober 2013

I think Tesla could very well be filling in the gaps in its Model E design team. This is a high level hire for sure, so it probably won't be to design water bottles and key fobs.

Bighorn | 24. Oktober 2013

Just leave the Segway experience off his CV.

Bryan M. | 24. Oktober 2013

Didn't Tesla hire someone from Aston Martin thought he was designing the GEN III or maybe the next roadster?

carolinagobo | 24. Oktober 2013

Who designed the nose cone?

blue adept | 24. Oktober 2013

Does this mean that von Holzhausen, the designer of the Model S, is out?

Brian H | 24. Oktober 2013

Early on, Elon said TM would release about 1 new model per year. Lots of design work for everybody.

bradslee | 25. Oktober 2013

Now we are really talking Tesla EV as an iPhone with four wheels in SpaceX rocket technology supported by solar energy. Wow, who can beat that in today's world?

redacted | 25. Oktober 2013

What's wrong with the segway?

ziggy | 25. Oktober 2013

Nothing wrong with the Segway technology, it is brilliant really. But the Segway itself is pretty metro...

This is another good move by Tesla.

Bighorn | 25. Oktober 2013

I wouldn't want TM to follow Segway's course as a company--haven't ridden one, though.

jeffsstuff | 25. Oktober 2013

I have to agree @ziggy. While the Segway is cool from a technological standpoint, why would I want one? Obesity is a huge (sorry for the pun) problem in the United States. The last thing we need is for people to use Segways instead of walking. I just don't see the value to it.

The other day I was walking at a local shopping mall. There was a security guard on a Tesla. Now this mall is pretty small. You could sprint from end to end faster than he could go on the segway. So, what's the point? For the record, he could have stood the exercise of walking.

Obesity and exercise aside, I just never saw the point of the device. It's cool but that is as far as it goes. If they gave me one for free, aside from as a novelty, I doubt I'd ever have occasion to use it.

Gizmotoy | 25. Oktober 2013

I see people commute on Segways pretty frequently here, they have their uses. Our little downtown area had a festival a few weeks ago and on the bottom of the poster it said "Dogs and Segways prohibited," which I found amusing. I see some pretty unusual conveyances in the area, though.

Like it or not, pretty much everyone knows what a Segway is. If you had a hand in designing it, it would be ridiculous to leave an iconic device off your resume because some guy thinks it's "metro."

GDH | 25. Oktober 2013

They should fire whomever design the stupid plastic nose cone, it looks cheap. The whole cabin interior should be better quality.

vouteb | 25. Oktober 2013



mike | 25. Oktober 2013

Chicks don't dig guys who ride Segways :-)