Sunday, November 28

Did Apple just dismiss 200 employees?


Apple has been reported to dismiss
200 employees his week!  The CNBC news
stated that Apple had hired these employees for a project named “Titan”.

The news of employees’ dismissal
has been confirmed by Apple’s spokesperson. The Project Titan is an Autonomous
car project that shall be undertaken later as it has huge opportunities within.
Commenting on the employees’ dismissal he said that they had been shifted to
other sectors of the company.

The spokesperson further added:

“We have an incredibly
talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at
Apple. As the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019, some
groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they
will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple,”

“We continue to believe there is a huge opportunity with autonomous
systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the
most ambitious machine learning project ever,”.

What was this project all about?

Apple initiated the Project Titan
in 2014, and it was being suggested that the company is working on building an
electric vehicle.

The team was facing leadership
issues and other internal problems due to which it was announced in 2016 that
Apple is now focusing on Autonomous driving system rather than a car.

In August 2018 Apple hired Doug
Field to lead Project Titan alongside Bob Mansfield. The team was now motivated
to build a fully autonomous vehicle. Yet
the dismissal of more than 200 employees this week certainly suggests that
there had been restructuring issues under the new team leader.

Ming-Chi Kuo, who is a reliable
Apple analyst, views that the Apple car will be launched by 2023. However, for now, the Apple car is a project being set aside
as there had been restructuring issues of the project. Also, the vision is unclear: will it be a car or an autonomous
driving plan?

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