And now a former Tesla engineer, named Guangzhi Cao, admitted in a court filing he downloaded copies of Tesla’s Autopilot source code to his own iCloud account but claims he did nothing wrong. His lawyer claims he tried to delete the source code from his personal devices and even offered Tesla forensic copies of any devices they wanted to inspect. What does Tesla need from Apple, exactly?

It served Apple with a subpoena seeking unspecified documents, Cao’s emails, and a forensic analysis on his Apple devices. Tesla wants the manufacturer itself, not a third party, to do the analysis, which makes sense. Given that Apple previously had legal issues of its own against Xpeng, Tesla figures they now both have a common enemy.


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