Apple cuts 200 staff from Project Titan AV programme

Apple cuts 200 staff from Project Titan AV programme

Some employees, meanwhile, will move to different parts of the Cupertino, California, company.

The spokesperson pointed out that the company still has a team working on autonomous systems, but its work is now focused on "several key areas".

Apple see but is still great potential for Autonomous systems, said the spokesman for CNBC.

For over four years, Apple has been working on an electric self-driving vehicle, nicknamed Project Titan.

Among the employees impacted by the restructuring process, some are moving to other departments.

Apple did not immediately respond to Gizmodo's request for comment but did provide a statement to CNBC about the layoffs. He was put in place to lead the autonomous programme, dubbed Project Titan. While Apple was able to stroll into the smartphone market and make an immediate impact with the iPhone, there's no indication that it will be able to do something similar in the automotive industry.

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The missile operating base contained Nodong missiles, a type of medium-range ballistic missile developed by North Korea. U.S. relations with North Korea have been particularly hostile since Trump was sworn in back in early 2017.

Project Titan has been a significant but closely guarded project at the iPhone creator for almost five years.

Self-driving vehicles have shown tremendous promise in the past decade, as more and more companies get in on the action.

In August Apple hired back senior Tesla executive Doug Field, and in December it poached senior Tesla engineer Andrew Kim, prompting speculation that it was ratcheting up. ABI Research senior analyst James Hodgson believes this, and its project shift, could have cost Apple in the race to help produce a fully driverless vehicle.

At that point, Titan was said to directly involve as many as 2,700 individuals within Apple. "[Apple was] slow to begin testing autonomous systems and now it has a considerable innovation gap to close", he said.

Project Titan is a somewhat secretive operation by Apple, as it hasn't released many official details about the research and development it has done and is doing.

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