Apple cuts hundreds of employees from secretive self-driving auto project

Apple Lays Off 200 Project Titan Employees | News & Opinion

Apple Lays Off 200 Project Titan Employees | News & Opinion

Apple's spokesperson concluded the statement following today's news by calling Titan "the most ambitious machine learning project ever".

Apple re-hired former Tesla chief engineer Doug Field in 2018 to lead Project Titan.

An Apple spokesperson also spoke of the "anticipated restructuring" and said that the company has a talented team of employees working on the autonomous systems.

In 2017, Apple chief executive Tim Cook described autonomous vehicle technology as "the mother of all AI projects".

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. Originally planning to launch its own vehicle, Apple scaled back its ambitions to a mere self-driving platform in 2017.

An Apple spokesman confirmed to the TV channel that there had been redundancies and pointed out that the Team is focusing this year on specific areas.

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Instead of designing and producing a complete self-driving auto, the group was to concentrate on developing underlying technologies for autonomous vehicles. Thews prompted Apple to respond with a confirmation.

Earlier media reports said Apple had scaled back the project in 2016 and shifted focus to developing software for autonomous cars.

Despite the reductions, Apple emphasized that it's still committed to helping build robotic cars, something it has been working on for several years.

Field and Mansfield previously worked together on engineering Apple's line of Mac computers, including the Macbook Air and iPad.

As of press time, Apple had not issued an official press release on this week's Project Titan dismissals. Speaking to Bloomberg, he said: "We're focusing on autonomous systems".

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