Apple dismissed 190 freelance car design workers: Report



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Apple has confirmed that it is firing 190 employees from its ambitious standalone car project called Titan.

According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on Wednesday, the Cupertino company fired mostly engineers, including 38 engineering program managers, 33 hardware engineers, 31 product design engineers, and 22 software engineers.

The layoffs in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale would take effect as of April 16, according to a request from Apple to the California Department of Employment Development.

CNBC said in January that layoffs were occurring in Apple's autonomous car division. Apple has previously cut hundreds of jobs in the auto division in 2016.

In August 2018, Tesla's former vice president of engineering, Doug Field, was appointed by Apple to lead the Titan team.

Apple's fleet of stand-alone programs are comprised of 66 Lexus RX450h SUVs, each equipped with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors, as well as cameras, circling the San Francisco Bay Area to perfect sensors, computer systems and software necessary for a vehicle to drive safely, AppleInsider said.

The iPhone maker is also applying part of Titan technology in a stand-alone transport program called "Palo Alto to Infinite Loop" or "PAIL" – intended to transport Apple employees across Bay Area campuses, especially using modified Volkswagen vans, the report added.

In May 2018, with 55 freelance cars and 83 drivers, Apple reached the second largest number of stand-alone cars in California, after General Motor's Cruise, which had 104 vehicles.

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