Apple cuts more than 200 staff from autonomous car project
Apple is restructuring its autonomous car project group.
Sources informed CNBC that Apple dismissed over 200 staff from the group engaged on the autonomous car project. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the report and believed there may be nonetheless alternative within the area for the corporate.
“We have an extremely gifted group engaged on autonomous techniques and related applied sciences at Apple. As the group focuses their work on a number of key areas for 2019, some teams are being moved to tasks in different elements of the corporate, the place they are going to assist machine studying and different initiatives, throughout all of Apple,” the spokesperson mentioned.
“We proceed to consider there’s a enormous alternative with autonomous techniques, that Apple has distinctive capabilities to contribute, and that that is probably the most bold machine studying project ever.”
The autonomous car project group is at the moment led by Doug Field, who’s beforehand a Telsa engineering vp and Apple veteran. The group members reportedly embody Jamie Waydo, a senior engineer of Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving automobile group, and Chris Porritt who was the previous Telsa vp of car engineering and former Aston Martin Chief Engineer.
Apple additionally lately reduce on hiring because of gradual iPhone gross sales. However, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly shared that key divisions such because the AI group would proceed to rent new workers at a robust tempo