Apple has dismissed over 200 employees from the Project Titan which is the company’s secretive autonomous vehicle project, according to the CNBC. An Apple spokesperson talks about the dismissal of workers and said that the company still sees opportunities in it.
“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 said.
He further said that, “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.”
Apple also said that the affected employees will be assigned to different projects in other parts of the country. While the exact scope of the Project Titan remains a mystery, the project was started with the aim of developing both self-driving hardware and software. The plan was later moved back just to develop software, and for this reason, Apple collaborated with car manufacturers such as Volkswagen to provide the hardware.
On the other hand, the New York Times reported that hundreds of employees left the project between the year 2016 and 2018 because of changes in the project. The latest change is described to be a restructuring of the model, also, Last year Apple hired Tesla’s chief vehicle engineer Doug Field who is currently running the project Titan with executive Bob Mansfield.
Apple CEO Tim Cook explaining Apple’s effort in health as its key to the future and 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.”
Although, after the company dismissed 200 employees, the number of self-driving cars which Apple is testing on the road has continued to increase as Apple having more registered test vehicles in California than Google’s autonomous spin-off Waymo as of March 2018.