Apple sacks staff in self-driving unit


Apple's autonomous auto division was last in the news back in August, when it hired ex-Tesla engineer and former Apple employee Doug Field to return to the fold and work alongside Bob Mansfield on the self-driving vehicle project. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly initiated Project Titan, which was to include an entire vehicle designed by the Silicon Valley company, in 2014.

The company spokesperson said, "We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple".

Some employees were relocated in other part of the group, where they, among other things, in machine Learning is to work, it said. Former Tesla Inc. Vice President of Engineering Doug Field joined Apple a few months ago along with other veterans of the carmaker to work on Project Titan.

Apple is shaking up its team building autonomous vehicle technology.

Chief executive Tim Cook later said he saw autonomous driving systems as a "core technology" for the future, and that Apple wants to move into the automotive sector because "there is a major disruption looming" from new technologies.

Apple remains quiet when it comes to its auto prospects, especially in the recent months, which appears to have been scaled back from the first rumored vehicle to focus on software.

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An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the changes but attributed them to staff restructuring rather than layoffs.

Among the employees impacted by the restructuring process, some are moving to other departments. Has Project Titan come to an end? The firm was initially thought to be working on an electric vehicle, but senior hires in 2016 signalled that it had shifted to developing software for self-driving cars.

Apple's secretive auto project has been going since 2014, and has been marked by executive reshuffles, changes in direction, and rounds of layoffs.

Apple has a lot of people working on its autonomy project.

The speculation began when the Tame Apple Press discovered that Project Titan, which was the name of Apple's failed self-driving auto project was still active and had staff allocated to it.