Daisuke Wakabayashi and Brian X. Chen, reporting for the NYT:
Apple has been talking with McLaren, the automaker known for its
Formula One racecars, about an investment in the company,
according to two people briefed on the talks who asked to remain
anonymous because the discussions were confidential.
Apple is also in talks with Lit Motors, a San Francisco start-up
that has developed an electric self-balancing motorcycle, about a
potential acquisition, according to three people who spoke on the
condition of anonymity because the conversations were private.
Apple has already hired several former Lit Motors engineers.
Even as many Silicon Valley companies, including Google, Tesla and
Uber, have embarked on high-profile electric and driverless car
initiatives, Apple has kept quiet. Yet internally, it has pursued
a car project, called Project Titan, which has had ups and downs
in leadership and direction. The layoffs at the project this month
came after the appointment of an Apple veteran, Bob Mansfield, to
take over the effort.
When did Daisuke Wakabayashi leave The Wall Street Journal for The Times? Must have been recently — he got the scoop for The Journal on Bob Mansfield taking over Project Titan just two months ago.