Volkswagen Snatches Self-Driving Car Expert from Apple

November 10, 2015, 8:11 PM UTC
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: The Volkswagen logo is pictured on a Polo model car on November 9, 2015 in London, England. Scandinavian Asset Management company, Nordea, has announced it will pursue legal action against Volkswagen due to major losses over the emissions fixing scandal. Volkswagen faces further investigations and fines in countries across the globe following admissions that the company installed emissions cheating software in millions of it's diesel cars. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
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Volkswagen has hired self-driving car expert Johann Jungwirth from Apple as it continues to deal with the scandal that saw its vehicles release more diesel emissions than previously reported.

The New York Times reported that Jungwirth will head the automaker newly created Digitalization Strategy Department. He will report to CEO Matthias Müller in the new position.

On his LinkedIn profile, Jungwirth discusses his new role. “Unique opportunity to combine the Silicon Valley spirit and culture with the best brands and products in the automotive industry at the Volkswagen Group to lead the digital revolution with autonomous driving, most innovative technology and solutions, and most importantly,” he wrote, “the best and most natural and intuitive user experience to keep a competitive advantage.”

His profile states that he previously worked at Apple as a director for Mac systems engineer. However, the Times reported that he may have been working on Apple’s secretive self-driving car project. There’s no mention of him working on the project on his profile.

Before joining Apple, Jungwirth worked for Mercedes-Benz.

The news comes as Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the bold claim that self-driving cars will be widely used sooner than expected.