Apple is looking for an automotive software engineer in China: what’s going on?

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A recent job posting on Apple Inc. AAPL for an automotive job in China sparked new conversations around the tech giant’s interest in China’s lucrative auto sector.

Cupertino is looking to hire an automotive software engineer in China, CnEVPost, a new site focused on electric vehicles, reported, citing a post on the company’s local-language website. The advertised position is for the role of “Car Experience Partner Engineer”, based in Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen.

The job description indicates that this is a hybrid role between engineering and program management, in which the person will be responsible for providing technical design and development advice and managing certification records in Car Experience programs such as CarPlay and car keys in Wallet.

The person should also facilitate communication between Apple and the automotive industry’s global engineering, he added.

The development is seen as a step in Apple’s attempts to become a supplier to China, the world’s biggest auto market, the report noted.

The timing of the job posting suggests Apple may be looking to market its CarPlay vision to local automakers, Apple Insider said.

Enhanced CarPlay can do more than control Apple apps and can potentially replace a car’s instrument clusters, radio and temperature controls. Bloomberg Columnist Marc Gurman had said earlier that it doesn’t expect the new CarPlay system to be on public roads until 2024.

Apple could apparently be looking to test the waters in China in a bid to make its CarPlay experience available to Chinese automakers and other global automakers operating in the country.

Price action: On Tuesday, pre-market Apple shares were trading up 2.27% at $134.55, according to data from Benzinga Pro

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