Apple hires ex-Mercedes engineers for 'Apple Car' Special Projects Group

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Presumed to be for the "Apple Car," two former Mercedes engineers have been hired by Apple officially to work in the Special Projects Group.

Apple is already believed to have poached Porsche's vice president of chassis development, Dr. Manfred Harrer, to work on the "Apple Car." Now a new report says that two more high-profile Mercedes engineers have been recruited.

First spotted by MacRumors, one of the engineers is Dr. Anton Uselmann. Now a product design engineer at Apple, he formerly worked on car projects across mass production, dynamics, vehicle steering, and project management.

Prior to Mercedes, Dr. Uselmann earned his PhD while working for Porsche. By the end of his five years with the car company, he was working as a Function Developer in the Steering Systems group.

The second new hire has not been named, but is also said to have previously worked at Mercedes.

Separately, Mercedes has worked closely with Apple as it adds CarPlay and Apple Music features to its range.

The company is not expected to be involved with the production of the "Apple Car," however. Most recently, Apple has reportedly been speaking with Korean and Japanese firms about assembling the as-yet unannounced vehicle.