Back in January, it was reported that Apple had released more than 200 employees working on their Project Titan efforts.
Project Titan is Apple's self-propelled, autonomous vehicle effort. The company is working on a number of different efforts in this regard. Rumors have pointed to a proper Apple-branded vehicle, or to software installed in a variety of self-propelled cars. As it stands right now, there is no final word from Apple about what it really is planning to start.
Now, according to a report by San Francisco Chronicle based on documentation from Apple to the California Employment Development Department, the company has confirmed the dismissals. While the first report suggested that more than 200 people had been removed from the project, this confirmation says the company is located on 1
Especially 31 product designers, 22 software engineers, 38 engineering programs managers, 33 hardware engineers and more will be turned off on April 16, 2019.
Apple was not coy about the first report earlier this year, though. At that time, Apple said some employees would be allowed to let go, while others were redistributed to other areas of the company. Here's how the company described the layoffs at that time.
"We have an incredibly talented team dealing with autonomous systems and related technologies at Apple. As the team focuses its work on several key areas for 2019, some groups are moving to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine training and other measures, all over Apple, said the spokesman.
"We continue to believe that it is a great opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique opportunities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever," they added. to. "
Someone has theorized that, having traveled -hire of Doug Field to lead Project Titan late last year, Apple's view of the program also moved. What really means for a real product, whether it's just software for other vehicles or a clean Apple car, is still to be seen.
It was recently reported that Apple's car could actually be an electric van. And some estimates suggest that Apple will launch this project to the public in 2023.
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[via SF Chronicle]
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