Elon Musk has fired shots at Apple’s rumoured vehicular aspirations. Apple has been hiring former Tesla employees, and the Tesla CEO has said that those individuals are people who weren’t good enough to keep working at his company.
Musk was speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt when he made the comments. The CEO jokingly said that “If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple,” and was apparently serious about it. Essentially, he believes that Apple’s manufacturing practices do not work when it comes to building cars; and that the world’s most valuable technology company has no idea what it is getting into.
“Cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches. You can’t just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car,” he said.
Apple was not the only company to receive criticism from Musk; who was in Germany to to talk with government representatives about the future of mobility and electric vehicles in the country. He believes that we have reached the limits of what petroleum can do and we must now look to building the next generation of cars. Volkswagen’s recent emission’s scandal was raised as proof that automobile makers are still clinging to the past. VW was recently caught cheating on emissions tests, which lowered its result by up to 40-percent.
Musk said, “”In order to make progress, they apparently had to cheat. I think if you intentionally mislead governments around the world with software that is designed to only be effective at the test stand, this is a very conscious action.”