While he wasn't an automotive icon, Steven Jobs impact on the automotive industry is undeniable.

As we prepare to close out the week, we'd be remiss not to mention the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

While he wasn't an automotive icon, his impact on the industry is undeniable. As a pioneer in Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs transformed how we saw technology and interacted with it. The iPod and iPhone became status symbols in their own right and forced automakers to reconsider how their infotainment systems worked. This continues today as everyone from Ford to Mercedes is jumping on the app bandwagon and looking into the future of cloud-based computing.

This accomplishment is remarkable in itself, but Jobs' legacy continues far beyond the world of technology as he was a perfectionist in the truest sense of the word. He sought out talented people and eventually turned Apple into a brand that transcended the products they sold. Their design and marketing muscle became the standard of the world and many automakers attempted to recreate the Cupertino magic. From the Chevy Volt's iPod-inspired center stack to the BMW 6-Series' iPad-like display, Jobs' influence has been felt far and wide.

Regardless of your feelings about the man and his company, Steve Jobs battled cancer with dignity and courage despite overwhelming odds.  Sadly, he lost that fight on October 5th at the age of 56.  

He will be dearly missed and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and co-workers.

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