Apple has hired a former Chrysler executive, and this has obviously stoked rumors of Apple getting into the auto manufacturing business.
The exec's name is Doug Betts, and he served as Chrysler's quality chief for more than five years. He resigned in October, and earlier this month he joined Apple.
This is only one of many auto employees being hired by Apple. Apple has also hired at least 150 former Tesla Motors employees, and core staff from battery maker A123 Systems.Interestingly, Betts is believed to have been ousted from his post at FCA after the company tangled with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over its handling of several recalls. His departure also followed on the heels of a Consumer Reports quality survey that placed FCA brands at or near the bottom of the ranks.