Appel’s effort to develop a self-driving car, an attempt called “Project Titan”, is taking a downturn in 2019 after the company has reassigned 200 employees involved in its development, according to Techcrunch.
Citing CNBC, Techcrunch reports that a portion of 200 staff were moved to other projects inside Apple while others were let go. Thews prompted Apple to respond with a confirmation.
“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. 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,” a spokesperson said.
According to CNBC, the layoffs were expected under the Project’s new leadership, the Apple veteran Bob Mansfield and Doug Field, the company’s former VP.
Apple has restructured the project in the past also. In 2016 it has decided to stop the developing of its own vehicle and start developing a smart vehicle.