This week, Apple dismissed just over 200 employees from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicles group, told CNBC.
An Apple spokesman recognized the redundancies and said that the company still sees opportunities in space:
” Apple has an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and related technologies. As the team focuses on several key areas for 2019, some groups are moving to other parts of the company to support machine learning and other initiatives throughout Apple, “said the spokesman. “
We continue to believe that autonomous systems have a huge opportunity, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever.”
Apple appointed Doug Field, Tesla engineering vice president and Apple veteran, to lead the Titan team alongside Bob Mansfield in August. Internally, dismissals from the group this week were seen as expected restructuring under relatively new leadership. Other employees who have been affected by Project Titan’s restructuring stay in Apple but move to various parts of the company.