Approximately 200 employees have been laid off by Apple. The employees were working for Project Titan, which is Apple’s secret autonomous vehicle group.
People close to the group told CNBC about this layoff. However, this decision is described in the group as a restructuring under the new leadership.
Apple’s Stealthy Project Titan to Get New Leadership
This action of laying off employees is acknowledged by an Apple spokesperson. There is still some opportunity in this area, the spokesperson said:
“We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple. As the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019, some groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple”.
The spokesperson further added, “We continue to believe there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever.”
Notably, Apple entrusted Doug Field, a Tesla engineering vice president, and Apple veteran, with a responsibility to lead the Titan team. The field was accompanied by Bob Mansfield.
Apple described these dismissals as expected restructuring under the relatively new leadership.
This restructuring has affected other employees also, but they are with Apple and are included in other departments of the company.
When Jim Cramer from CNBC approached Tim Cook for his comment, the latter said:
“I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ it will be about health.”
Interestingly, Apple had laid off employees from the same group back in 2016.
Manufacturing a self-driving car is experimental for all major players in the industry. Big investors, who are engaged in the traditional automobile industry, have heavily invested in start-ups developing self-driving vehicles. However, there is no concrete outcome from any corner.
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