Spy games: Chinese engineer arrested for allegedly stealing Apple’s smart car secrets
by Preslav Kateliev / Jan 31, 2019, 7:14 AM
One Jizhong Chen, a (now ex) Apple engineer has been arrested by the FBI. Apparently, Mr. Chen was caught red-handed taking photos inside a secure area of the Apple facilites and thousands of documents — including manuals and schematics — were found on his personal hard drive. The engineer first said that the photos and documents are meant to help him with applications for jobs within the company. However, soon after, Apple investigators found out that he had applied for a job with Chinese company Xiaopeng Automobile and was allegedly attempting to provide the Apple documents to his would-be new employer. Xiaopeng Automobile absolutely denies having been in talks with Mr. Chen.
All of the information that was about to be stolen is regarding the supposed self-driving car that we have been hearing on and off about over the past couple of years. And this is not even the first time when it comes up in a corporate espionage case. Back in July, another ex-Apple engineer, Zhang Xiaolang, was charged with trying to pass the Apple Car secrets to a startup in China.
So, what’s the takeaway here? One — Apple is definitely working on a car of all things, and two — the US - China relations are not going to ease up any time soon.
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So trump is right?
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 7:17 AM 6
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Of coarse he's right you douche, he's trying to make America great again and you sit there trying to question it haha!
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 12:13 PM 2
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Is apple really working on a Car or like i believe just Driverless technology that it will licence to other car manufacturers, Apple is a Tech company not a car company, even with their Billions is spare cash it still would not be enough to be a car company.
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 7:18 AM 3
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No wonder why they’re ban in America. Android fans gonna be happy for they have a glimpse of new car tech only from .
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 7:24 AM 1
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We don't care about the Apple car and you know smileys aren't supported right
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 7:27 AM 10
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OH, there is my morning laugh BFD could care less if apple is working on some ugly azz car.
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 8:26 AM 3
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Darkjedi, I’m actually against the mid engine corvette. It takes away from what makes the Vette so good on their own. I do understand of mid engine design benefits - but I was proud that the vette can hold their own against the mid engine flock and deliver that for a lot cheaper. GM can build it with all the corvette counterparts, but just like the Cadillac XLR of its day - they could have called it something else (give it to Cadillac is a great idea). We have plenty of mid engine cars, another one wouldn’t matter - but when it comes to corvette in its FR state it makes it more affordable, and it keeps its heritage.
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 1:05 PM 0
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I can understand that, but at the same time, I'm also excited for it and what I could mean for the future of Corvette. Chevy has said, that they've gotten about as much power and torque out of the current configuration as they can, due to traction concerns. I plan to order one if I like it, but not for a couple years. Gotta let the kinks get worked out. The current C7 is so sexy, I hate to see it leave.
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 1:16 PM 0
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No chance I would buy an apple car. Last thing I need is the headaches apple would bring when they brick something every week in software updates.
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 10:49 AM 4
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And they'll ask $499 to fix your flat tire (which have Apple's proprietary valve), while recommending you to replace your rims with newer model for an extra $799 each, plus adding extra air to your other tires for $19 each. They wont fix your flat tire if you don't take all those offer.
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 11:11 AM 4
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Fire all the Chinese scam artists who work for Apple now. We can't trust immigrants from China!
posted on Jan 31, 2019, 12:14 PM 2
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"So, what’s the takeaway here? One — Apple is definitely working on a car of all things, " Err! no they are not, the Apple car is just a fanboys wet dream. Firstly Apple need partners to build a car and nobody will work with them, they have signed a deal with VW but that is only for driverless vans to shuttle workers around Apples campus. Full story of how Apples car plans went down the drain in the link below. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0
posted on Feb 01, 2019, 4:16 AM 0
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