Saturday January 26, 2019

Apple Dismisses over 200 Employees from Project Titan, Its Autonomous Vehicle Group

Apple’s plans for a self-driving car may be either dead, or severely downgraded: CNBC was told the company "cut over 200 employees from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicle initiative." Those who weren’t laid off have been moved to "other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple." Comments by Tim Cook suggest the priority is now healthcare technologies.

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In August, Apple enlisted a Tesla engineering vice president and Apple veteran, Doug Field, to lead the Titan team alongside Bob Mansfield. This week's dismissals from the group were seen internally as anticipated restructuring under the relatively new leadership. Other employees who were impacted by the restructuring of Project Titan are staying at Apple, but moving to different parts of the company.