Late on Friday we posted a report titled "Steve Zadesky, Head of Project Titan, is Leaving Apple," where the Wall Street Journal was surmising that Apple's Project suffered a setback with Zadesky's departure. They further noted that "The team has encountered some problems, according to people familiar with the matter, in laying out clear goals for the project." Today we learn that Daimler's Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag that a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed.
According to Reuters, Zetsche said that his team's "impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed. At the same time they have more respect for our achievements than we thought."
During the International Motor Show in Frankfort in September, Dieter Zetsche, the chief executive of Daimler, the maker of Mercedes vehicles, told reporters at the car show in no uncertain terms that "What is important for us is that the brain of the car, the operating system, is not iOS or Android or someone else but it's our brain." Zetsche added that "We do not plan to become the Foxconn of Apple." referring to the Chinese company that manufactures iPhones.
Today in Frankfort there was a different tune playing out. While not elaborating, Reuters reported that Zetsche definitively told the German paper that "There were concrete talks."