Apple drops 200 staff from Project Titan self-driving auto skunkworks

Apple drops 200 staff from Project Titan self-driving auto skunkworks

Apple drops 200 staff from Project Titan self-driving auto skunkworks

The race to dominate the first driving business without human drivers is stiffer than ever and Apple's dream of an autonomous vehicle project has been pushed back as it sent out over 200 employees from its electric auto project codenamed "Titan" to different parts of the company on Thursday.

Some employees were relocated in other part of the group, where they, among other things, in machine Learning is to work, it said.

Among the program's leadership is Doug Field, who returned to Apple last summer to work with Project Titan lead Bob Mansfield. "It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on and so autonomy is something that's incredibly exciting for us, but we'll see where it takes us".

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the layoffs to CNBC.

Alongside letting people go, it seems that part of the personnel have been relocated to other divisions from within the company, like AI and self-learning departments.

Apple's Project Titan has been going since 2014, although the actual details of what it's up to are hazy.


Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In California now have 61 company a license to test Autonomous vehicles. Furthermore, Tim Cook himself said that machine learning and autonomous cars are incredibly important for the company's future. One of Apple's test cars was also involved in a minor accident during the summer of 2018. A former Apple executive, most recently served as engineering vice president at Tesla.

Apple, which had reportedly been working on its so-called iCar project late into 2016, had failed to close a supply deal with BMW and Daimler for its systems.

Apple has release a statement which you can see below which confirms that the staff have been cut from the project.

But CNBC says that the project "appears to have been scaled back from the initial rumored vehicle to a focus on software".

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