Apple Car Project Loses 'Several' Top Managers

Apple has lost "several" top managers from its internal Apple Car project, codenamed "Project Titan," causing a potential setback to the launch of the self-driving car, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

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From the report:

Apple Inc. has lost multiple top managers of its self-driving car team in recent months, a sign of attrition at the division involved in what could become an important future product.

In recent days, Dave Scott, who led teams working on robotics related to the car, left to become the chief executive officer at Hyperfine, a health care company developing next-generation MRI systems. Before Scott’s departure, Jaime Waydo, who led autonomous car safety and regulation teams, departed to become the chief technology officer at Cavnue, a startup focused on the safety of autonomous cars on public roads.

In February, Benjamin Lyon, who helped create Apple’s original car team several years ago and was key in the future project’s development, left to become the chief engineer at Astra, a company developing technology for sending satellites to space.

Over the last few months, a flurry of reports have surfaced detailing potential specifics on an Apple Car. Bloomberg has previously reported that the self-driving vehicle is still in early development and is still at least five years away, while reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the vehicle is unlikely to launch until 2025 at the earliest.

Despite the recent departure of some top-level managers from the project, Apple has added notable executives to "Project Titan." In February, the Cupertino tech giant hired a former Porsche executive with experience in chassis design. You can learn more about the Apple Car and everything we know about it using our guide.

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Top Rated Comments

Spock Avatar
40 months ago
Maybe they were let go because Apple isn’t releasing a car…. I just can’t imagine an Apple car. Maybe I’m wrong.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WRXHokie Avatar
40 months ago
This is a telling sign of a dead project
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kabeyun Avatar
40 months ago

This is a telling sign of a dead project
I disagree with your “analysis.” The three listed people took bigger and likely more lucrative jobs as one CEO and two CTOs. They got what they wanted from Apple – a leadership position on the CV – and are now taking their shot at the brass ring. The sky is not falling.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
XXPP Avatar
40 months ago
Top executives are useless.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KillerTree Avatar
40 months ago
Apple managers leaving to become managers at other companies is news. Apple Managers leaving to become CEOs and CTOs isn't news. People move up
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yokon54 Avatar
40 months ago

Top executives are useless.
So wrong. Mid level management is useless. Top executives like CEO and CFO matter a lot. Get a bad CEO in a company and you’ll see what happens.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)