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Several top managers from smart car project have reportedly left Apple

By Cookie Monster - on 3 Jun 2021, 12:00am

Several top managers from smart car project have reportedly left Apple

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Apple is said to have lost several top managers from its smart car team. According to Bloomberg, at least three members from the management team have left the team this year.

Dave Scott, who managed the teams on robotics for the smart car project, joined a health care firm. Jaime Waydo, who was the lead for autonomous car safety and regulation teams, left to join a startup as its chief technology officer. Benjamin Lyon, who set up the original car team a few years ago and seen as a key to the future of the project, departed in February to be a chief engineer at Astra. 

Despite the departure of these top managers, Apple is believed to have hundreds of engineers working on the self-driving car technology and a team of engineers working on a car. It is also actively hiring veterans in the industry to fill up the leadership team. If Apple decides to release a car, Bloomberg estimates the launch time frame to be around the later part of this decade. 

Reuters reported in December 2020 that the production of the Apple Car could start as soon as 2024 and will feature a new battery design that dramatically increases the range and reduces cost. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the Apple Car will arrive in 2025 at the earliest. 

The first-gen Apple Car is said to be fully autonomous and will focus on the last mile. Magan and Foxconn are the likely contenders to manufacture the Apple Car. Apple is also rumoured to be exploring a self-driving taxi service or car platform.

Source: Bloomberg

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