Apple laid off dozens of employees in yet another reboot of its ever fluctuating self-driving car initiative Project Titan, according to the New York Times, which spoke with three people briefed on the changes.
The layoffs suggest continued trouble with the secretive car project as well as a new direction for the team, focusing more on software behind autonomous technology than the hardware. This new direction follows months of hiring sprees, layoffs, and uncertainties about what the iCar would bring to the autonomous car market.
“Electric cars rely not on the internal combustion engine, but on technologies more prevalent in the consumer electronics world: batteries, sensors and software. In addition, self-driving cars could change the traditional notions of public transportation and car ownership,” The New York Times reported, explaining why Apple has shifted from electronic to self-driving and from hardware to software. READ MORE.