Apple confirms cuts in autonomous systems team

From CNBC’s Apple just dismissed more than 200 employees from Project Titan, its autonomous vehicle group:

Apple dismissed just over 200 employees this week from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicle group, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.

An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the lay-offs and said the company still sees opportunity in the space…

“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,” the spokesperson said.

 “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,” they added.

My take: There’s something going on here. This is not the first time Apple has had to rethink its autonomous systems efforts. But that’s no excuse for Mashable’s hot take:

Dream of Apple Car may be dead as company dismisses 200 employees

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  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Dream of Apple Car may be dead as company dismisses 200 employees

    In my opinion Project Titan is, and has always been, about developing an autonomous PLATFORM.

    Read Cook’s statement, he refers to Titan as an autonomous system. It was never a “dream” for Apple. It has always been a hallucination of the media.

    Besides many (number unknown but to Apple) were transferred to other departs working on machine learning. Nor do we know how many of those “layoffs” were term contractors at the end of their contract.

    Bullshit article from a bullshit media outlet.

    January 24, 2019

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