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Apple confirms self-driving car redundancies



  Apple has laid off many engineers who worked with Project Titan.
Apple has laid off many engineers who worked with Project Titan.

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Apple has posted 190 employees working on the company's self-driving car project, codenamed Project Titan. The layoffs were first reported in January, but now we know that most of the employees concerned are engineers.

Further details on the redundancies were discovered in Apple's letter to the California Employment Development Department, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

According to the letter, Apple launched 38 technical program managers, 33 hardware engineers, 31 product designers and 22 software engineers, who entered into force on April 16.

The news comes after a not so big quarter for Apple, where the company's iPhone revenue fell 15 percent the following year.

But Project Titan layoffs are not just about saving money. Apple's self-propelled car project has been hit up and down and rediscovered countless times, according to many reports over the years. Whatever Apple's plans for the project are, this last round of layoffs is a bad sign.

Apple sent a self-propelled car safety report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a week ago, even though it was as vague and short as they come. Interestingly, back in August 2018 Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (often right on Apple's plans) said Apple is still working very hard on a self-propelled car, which can start between 2023 and 2025.

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