Apple fired 200 employees who worked on the creation of an autonomous vehicle

Apple fired 200 employees who worked on the creation of an autonomous vehicle

January 25, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Apple continues to work on autonomous technologies, but seems to have decided to abandon the creation of its own drone

Apple has laid off 200 employees who were busy working on the Project Titan project, AutoExpress reports. Under this program, it was planned to create its own unmanned vehicle. The company explained its actions by planned restructuring, as well as redirection of employees to other divisions of Apple.

“We still believe that autonomous systems open up a world of great opportunities. Apple has unique opportunities to participate in it, and this may be the most ambitious project in the field of trained vehicles, ”explained the company.

At the moment, Apple continues to invest significant sums in the development of autonomous vehicle control systems. So, the company has already begun to test new technology unmanned vehicle control. For tests used Lexus RX crossover. Tests of unmanned vehicles are on the roads of California.

A special device that allows the car to move autonomously is installed on the roof of the vehicle. The block contains at least 12 lidars. Also on the machine are numerous cameras, sensors and radars. The on-board computer at the car is most likely hidden in the trunk.

Earlier it was assumed that Apple will develop its own car with an electric power plant and systems of autonomous control. It was assumed that the electric car, known under the code name Titan, will appear between 2019 and 2021.

However, in the fall of 2016, Bloomberg reported that Apple had decided to abandon the creation of its own car. Instead, the Americans intend to concentrate on developing the autopilot, which is planned to be sold to car companies.