Apple insider attempts to take autonomous car secrets to China
The security checkpoint at Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, California, was a bit more exciting than normal when Xiaolang Zhang passed through the TSA checkpoint on July 7. The FBI arrested Zhang at the Terminal B checkpoint for stealing information about Apple’s autonomous or self-driving car.
Zhang, clearly not the brightest light in the chandelier, shared with his supervisor his intent to depart Apple and take a position at a Chinese startup XMotors (aka Xiaopeng Motors). Following his declaration of intent to move on to a competitor, he was immediately walked out the door; that was on April 30, 2018. Prior to that meeting, though, Zhang had downloaded the plans to a sophisticated circuit board being developed by Apple.