APPLE APPEARS TO BE APPLYING THE BRAKES on its self-driving car division after shaving another 190 workers off its books.
That's according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which reports that a letter was sent to the California Employment Development Department stating that a bunch of workers from the so-called Project Titan driverless car division in Cali's Santa Clara and Sunnyvale would get the boot.
An Apple spokesperson subsequently confirmed the lay-offs to the publication.
This is the second bout of job cuts Apple has made from its secretive car division; reports last month that Cupertino did some major restructuring which meant a deluge of workers were given the boot.
These latest lay-offs suggest Apple is taking yet more of its self-driving car talent and shoving staffers into other divisions; for example, driverless car systems rely heavily on computer vision, tech that could be passed onto improving the camera chops of its next iPhone.
Commenting on the last round of job cuts, an Apple spokesperson said. "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," an Apple spokesperson said.
"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."
It seems the idea of Apple actually making a standalone driverless car is pretty much out of the question, though; the iCar will just be another pipedream cooked up by Apple speculators and rumour mill operators.
Instead, whatever Apple discovers from its efforts could end up benefiting iPhone, iPad and Mac users at some point down the *ahem* road. µ
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