Apple Lays Off Dozens of Employees as It Reboots Car Project

Apple Lays Off Dozens of Employees as It Reboots Car Project

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Apple has shut down part of its ambitious car project and laid of dozens off employees as it refocuses the initiative under Bob Mansfield, reports the New York Times.

The job cuts are the latest sign of trouble with Apple’s car initiative. The company has added resources to the project — code-named Titan — over the last two years, but it has struggled to make progress. And in July, the company brought in Bob Mansfield, a highly regarded Apple veteran, to take over the effort.

Employees were reportedly told that the layoffs were part of a "reboot" of the car project. Apple is said to have changed the focus of the project from an emphasis on designing and producing an actual vehicle to building out the underlying technology for a self driving car.

Project Titan has grown rapidly with over 1,000 employees now assigned to the project. Steve Zadesky was initially in charge of the endeavor but he left Apple this year for personal reasons. Mansfield who had basically retired was convinced to come back and help Apple with the project.

Notably, Apple is said to already have fully autonomous vehicles undergoing testing in a closed environment.

Apple has also made some headway in the space. The company has a number of fully autonomous vehicles in the middle of testing, using limited operating routes in a closed environment, according to people briefed on the company’s plans. Like other companies in the space, that technology is likely a number of years away from seeing mainstream consumer use, they added.

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Apple Lays Off Dozens of Employees as It Reboots Car Project
Erchi87 - September 12, 2016 at 2:44pm
I don't care...... I'd stick with my 918 and Huracan as my daily commute. Chic's flock my way over any Apple Car.
. - September 12, 2016 at 2:59pm
Then I don't care what you have to say especially if it's toward an unreleased currently developed car!
Kk - September 10, 2016 at 11:59pm
"Lays off employees" you mean fired them right?
Jj - September 11, 2016 at 3:47am
If they fired them , it would have been mentioned. They meant giving them a break.
Huh? - September 11, 2016 at 9:55pm
"giving them a break"? You think laying off means sending someone on vacation? Getting laid off means losing the job, usually just for business reasons. Getting fired also means losing the job, but for bad reasons (like stealing, whatever).
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