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Volkswagen hires Apple executive for autonomous vehicle role

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(Reuters) - AG said on Wednesday it had hired an from as a responsible for technical development at its commercial vehicles division.

Alexander Hitzinger, 47, will also take group-wide responsibility for VW's efforts to develop self-driving vehicles as well as offer "Mobility as a Service", an initiative that seeks to keep drivers behind the wheel of its cars even if they do not own them.

Hitzinger had been working on Apple's electric car project, having earlier worked at Porsche, VW's sports Prior to that, the German-born worked in racing at

The appointment, which takes immediate effect, comes as VW seeks to meet the challenge from Silicon Valley tech companies that are working to develop fuel-efficient, self-driving cars.

(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by and Jane Merriman)

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 22:36 IST