Apple Cuts 200 Employees From Project Titan Autonomous Car Division

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Other employees affected by the restructuring were moved to different jobs inside Apple, said a report of CNBC.

Speaking to Bloomberg in 2017, Cook explained that the technology giant was now completely focused on developing an autonomous system - something he said was "a core technology that we view as very important". This week's move from the group was seen internally as anticipated restructuring under the relatively formed new leadership. Project Titan has always been a secretive Apple project which was launched in 2014.

Alongside letting people go, it seems that part of the personnel have been relocated to other divisions from within the company, like AI and self-learning departments.

A spokesperson from the company acknowledged these layoff, saying the company still sees great opportunity in the space.

Field, who was previously employed at Apple from 2008 to 2013 as a vice president of hardware engineering, wasn't the only talent the tech giant poached from Tesla previous year.

The so-called Project Titan has been shrouded in mystery for years.

Some leading employees wanted to develop a fully autonomous auto, while others were convinced that a semi-autonomous vehicle was more appropriate. Thews prompted Apple to respond with a confirmation.

Apple has been extremely quiet about its self-driving auto initiative, to the point that most of what we "know" about the company's ambitions has been limited to innuendo, speculation, and leaks.

In 2018, it was disclosed that Apple had around 5,000 total employees working on the project, which is headed by Apple engineer Bob Mansfield.

Apple's secretive vehicle project has been going since 2014, and has been marked by executive reshuffles, changes in direction, and rounds of layoffs.

An Apple spokesman reached for comment did not confirm nor dispute the report but shared a statement describing a staff reshuffling.

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