Apple has reportedly established it is firing 190 employees from its dedicated self-driving car project known as Titan. Based on a report in San Francisco Chronicle tardy Wednesday, the Cupertino-based organization has laid off mainly engineers, like 38 engineering program managers, 33 hardware engineers, 31 item design engineers, and 22 software engineers.
The layoffs in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale will take effect from April 16, based on an Apple filing with the California Jobs Development Department CNBC disclosed in January that layoffs were growing in Apple’s self-driving car section. Apple previously cut hundreds of job opportunities in the self-driving car division in 2016.
In August 2018, Tesla’s past engineering Vice President Doug Area was appointed by Apple to lead squad Titan. The fleet of Apple’s self-driving programmes consists of 66 Lexus RX450h SUVs, every one of which is fitted with big racks of LIDAR and radar sensors along with cameras, wandering around the San Francisco Bay Region to perfect the sensors, computer systems and software required for a vehicle to securely drive by itself, AppleInsider reported.
The iPhone-maker can be said to be using some of the Titan-technology into a self-driving shuttle program known as “Palo Alto to Infinite Loop” or “PAIL” — meant to ferry Apple workers between the Bay Region campuses , using specifically modified Volkswagen vans , the report added .
In May 2018 , with 55 self-driving vehicles and 83 drivers , Apple handled the second largest number of self-driving cars in California after Common Motor’s Cruise , that had104 vehicles .