Even though Apple won't confirm that it's building an electric vehicle code named Project Titan, the company has been scooping up relevant talent for at least the past year, including from Tesla. But one hire might be the most mysterious so far.
According to profile, he is a simply a "Secret Agent @ Apple." Nothing suspicious about that. Nope, not at all.
As points out, take one look at Ó Braonáin's LinkedIn profile, and you'll see all the signs of someone perfect to work on a project like Titan. Previously he worked at BMW for more than five years, where he specialized in vehicle charging. After that, he went on to be the chief technology officer of , a company that works on managing fleets of electric vehicles and charging stations.
Possibly the most intriguing piece of Ó Braonáin's background, however, is his time spent before BMW as director of engineering for a startup called Reviver, which works on digital license plates.
In a recent , Tony Fadell, formerly a senior vice president at Apple and confidant of Apple's former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, said Jobs had considered making a car in 2008. According to Fadell, they would talk about what Apple would do if it made a car. What conventions would they rethink?
License plates certainly seem pretty antiquated when you think of all the other automotive advancements we've seen in the past decade. But that's just speculation for now.
We've reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story if we hear back.