Apple Car Sensor Manager Departs Company for Space Startup Astra

Benjamin Lyon, who was heading up a sensor team working on the Apple Car, recently departed Apple to join space startup Astra as the company's chief engineer.

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Lyon shared the news in an interview with TechCrunch, where he said that he moved on to Astra because he was interested in Astra's vision as it works on small satellite deployment. "I think the Astra vision is this magical combination of fundamentally taking the rocket science out of space. How do you do that? Well, you better have a great foundation of a team, and a great foundation of core technologies that you can bring together in order to make a compelling series of products," he said.

Prior to leaving Apple, Lyon worked on the iPhone, input devices and sensor hardware, and finally, the ‌Apple Car‌. In 2016, he was working under Bob Mansfield, but ‌Apple Car‌ leadership has since shifted to AI chief John Giannandrea. Prior to leaving Apple, Lyon was reporting to Doug Field, the former Tesla engineer serving as vice president on the project.

Lyon has been on the ‌Apple Car‌ team since 2014, and according to Bloomberg, weathered all of the changes in leadership until moving on to Astra this year.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple_Robert Avatar
26 months ago

Apple should start lookin into Space instead of Apple Vehicle. More profit margin for them.
How is there profit margin in space for Apple? I think you are confused again.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
26 months ago

This sounds like someone leaving because they were being passed by at Apple.
Probably a win win for both....
That is a lot of projecting on your part. Nothing in the article suggest that line of thinking.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robjulo Avatar
26 months ago

How is there profit margin in space for Apple? I think you are confused again.
It's just the typical nonsensical posting, with zero substance....in first to collect likes.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Attirex Avatar
26 months ago

Apple should start lookin into Space instead of Apple Vehicle. More profit margin for them.
APPLE ROCKET+ SE PRO MAX S
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Apple_Robert Avatar
26 months ago

well, given that they are working on this presumably for 5,6,7 or so yeas, I am sure that plans have changed jut as often and people get fed up with situations like that, not saying it's the case for this specific one ...
If I live long enough to see a Jetsons car come to fruition, I will be happy. lol Make it happen Apple.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
il_teo77 Avatar
26 months ago
When I read news like these sometimes I wonder if working for years on a project of which you cannot speak with anybody has something to do with the decision. Purely from a human, psychological, point of view. I think it can be frustrating at times to apply everything you know to something no one has seen and maybe won’t for a longtime
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