There were also reports of layoffs in the unit working on ‘Project Titan’. But just when everyone thought that Apple has shelved plans for a self-driving car, new hiring by the iPhone maker strongly hints that ‘Project Titan’ is not dead as yet.
Apple has long been rumoured to be working on a self-driving car. The project is reported to be internally known as ‘Project Titan’. However, some reports earlier last year claimed that the company has put the plan on back burner, for it didn’t quite pan out as planned.
According to Bloomberg, Apple has hired electric car maker Tesla’s vice president of engineering Steve MacManus as senior director. This has been revealed by MacManus’ updated LinkedIn profile. He was reportedly responsible for Tesla automobiles’ interior and exterior engineering and is the third executive from Tesla to join Apple this year.
This hiring comes a few months after it was reported by Bloomberg that Apple had reassigned 200 of its employees from ‘Project Titan’ to other departments. At that time the company spokesperson mentioned that “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.
MacManus, before spending his time in Tesla since 2015, was the chief engineer of interior and exterior of automobile body at Aston Martin Lagonda. He also spent time at Bentley Motors as the functional manager seating and restraints. He has worked in Jaguar Land Rover too.