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Apple isn't done hiring top talent for its electric car project -- in fact, it just scored one of its biggest hires. The Wall Street Journal understands that 1 Infinite Loop recently recruited Doug Betts, the manager for Fiat Chrysler's global quality efforts from 2007 to 2014. It's not clear what role he'll take, but his former position suggests that he'll help Apple put everything together in a solid piece of machinery. Let's just hope that the result is more reliable than Chrysler and Fiat cars -- neither brand has performed well in recent dependability rankings.

Not that Betts is the only one to come aboard as of late. Apple has also picked up Paul Furgale, the deputy director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Autonomous Systems Lab. Given that he's also hiring other computer vision and robotics gurus, it doesn't take much to see that he's working on self-driving tech for Cupertino's EV. The car isn't even expected to show up until 2020, assuming it pans out, but it's evident that many of the necessary puzzle pieces are coming into place.

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