Apple’s Secret Car Project Being Rebooted; Dozens of Employees Laid Off

Apple is rethinking what it plans to do about self-driving cars, reports The New York Times. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet said on Friday that the company has shuttered parts of its self-driving car project and laid off dozens of employees.

These moves are the latest signs of trouble involving Apple’s oft-rumored initiative, codenamed Project Titan. In July it was reported that the team, under new leader Bob Mansfield, had shifted its focus from building a vehicle to an autonomous driving system.
Apple is rethinking what it plans to do about self-driving cars, just as other big tech companies appear ready to plow ahead with competing efforts. In a retrenchment of one of its most ambitious initiatives, Apple has shuttered parts of its self-driving car project and laid off dozens of employees, according to three people briefed on the move who were not allowed to speak about it publicly.
Previous reports from earlier this year have also indicated that Apple’s secret autonomous car project has run into trouble. The car reportedly has a deadline of 2020, but these issues are likely going to affect its release date.

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