Apple Loses 3 Top Managers from Self-Driving Car Division
This year, at least three members of the Apple car management team have left.
Apple is claimed to have hundreds of engineers working on self-driving car technology. But Bloomberg reports that the business recently lost a good number of top managers. Despite these departures, Apple is moving on with its car development plans.
According to Bloomberg News, Apple has hundreds of engineers working on fundamental self-driving car technology, as well as groups of people working on an actual vehicle. Doug Field, a former top vehicle engineer for Tesla Inc., leads the business, together with a management team of less than a dozen executives. This year, at least three members of the Apple car management team have left.
As per a new report, three top managers have left Apple Inc.’s autonomous vehicle team since February:
Dave Scott, the unit’s robotics team leader. He joined as the CEO at Hyperfine Research Inc., a Connecticut health care business that develops portable MRI systems, last month.
Jaime Waydo, head of the unit’s autonomous car safety and regulation teams. In February, she started working as the Chief Technology Officer of Cavnue LLC, a New York-based firm that helps prepare public roads for autonomous vehicles.
Benjamin Lyon, who was instrumental in the formation of Apple’s original car team in 2014. In February, he also left. He now works as the Chief Engineer for Astra, a Colorado-based business that develops weather-monitoring satellites.
As Apple’s vice president of special projects, Field, a former top vehicle engineer for Tesla Inc. who joined Apple in 2018, is in charge of both programs. According to Bloomberg, he reports to John Giannandrea, Apple’s senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence, who has been in charge of the vehicle unit since late last year.
Apple has been hiring new employees as well as letting go of some. According to the article, it has been recruiting individuals from Tesla and other companies for its self-driving endeavor in recent years.
The electronics behemoth started its car unit with the intention of building a vehicle that could compete with Tesla’s. The unit, however, has gone through multiple reboots over the years.
However, according to Bloomberg, Apple refocused the project in 2016 on developing self-driving car technology, but then modified its direction again a few months ago to emphasize it on manufacturing a car.