Apple hires Harman’s navigation-software chief engineer

Apple hires Harman’s navigation-software chief engineer

Apple has reportedly hired one of the leading software engineers for automotive navigation systems.

The company hired Sinisa Durekovic from his position as chief navigation engineer at supplier Harman International, according to a Bloomberg report.

Harman has developed navigation software and hardware for a wide range of companies. Specifically, Durekovic has been credited with leading development of navigation systems implemented by luxury German automakers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Durekovic could be working to improve Apple’s next-generation CarPlay technology, though his experience with deeper software architecture hints at potential involvement with the company’s rumored Project Titan car development program.

Bloomberg also points out that Apple opened a large development center in India, where thousands of workers will be focused on building a better Maps app. The first versions have struggled to gain traction, leaving Google with a clear lead in the mobile maps domain.

Neither Apple nor Harman has officially commented on Durekovic’s move.