Apple has hired former Tesla executive and Aston Martin engineer Chris Porritt, alternative transportation blog Electrek reports. Porritt is said to have been assigned to Apple’s “special projects” division, which is believed to be working on automotive efforts, among other things.
Tesla and Apple have a growing history of swapping staffers. But as Electrek notes, Porritt marks the first Tesla executive poached by the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology firm.
Porritt had a hand in creating some of Aston Martin’s most well-received cars while serving as that firm’s chief engineer, including the One-77, DB9 and V12 Vantage.
It’s unclear exactly what Apple is working on in the automotive space. While some rumors suggest the company is designing its own car, such a project would represent a major shift from Apple’s core focus in gadgets and software. Another possibility is that Apple is building prototype cars to better understand vehicles from a user interface perspective. The company has already expressed interest in that approach—its recently introduced CarPlay software, for instance, replaces compatible vehicles’ infotainment systems with a more Apple-like interface.
Apple did not immediately return TIME’s request for comment.
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