Apple has confirmed to the California Employment Development Department that it has fired 190 employees from its offices in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. Those affected worked in the autonomous car division. In total there were 38 managers of the engineering program, 33 hardware engineers, 31 product design engineers and 22 software engineers. His departure will take shape on April 16th.
Prior to confirmation, in January it was announced that 200 project workers were being dismissed or relocated to other areas of the company. The change would have been produced by the recent change of leadership, according to CNBC information. Doug Field returned to Apple in August 2018 after his trip to Tesla. Together with Bob Mansfield they have taken the responsibility of supervising all the Project Titan advances, as the initiative is internally known.
Despite the bad news, in the company of Tim Cook they were positive for the future: “We continue to believe that there is a great opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute and that this is the machine learning project most ambitious of all time, “they concluded.
To date, it is not clear what the specific work of Project Titan is. Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an outstanding reputation for information about Apple, reported last August the project is an autonomous electric vehicle that will be launched between 2023 and 2025. However, others point out that it is of an autonomous driving system to be offered to automotive companies.