Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Dana Hull are reporting Apple has hired a former Tesla Autopilot engineer to its “Project Titan” self-driving car project:
The iPhone maker tapped Christopher “CJ” Moore for its team working on a self-driving car, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Moore is working on the effort’s software, reporting to Stuart Bowers, another former Tesla executive who joined Apple at the end of last year. Bowers had led Tesla’s Autopilot team before departing in mid-2019.
Moore left Tesla in October, as revealed in legal documents related to a fatal 2019 crash in Florida, by a man using Autopilot at the time. Moore was called as a witness to the case.
Apple’s car project saw a setback when its head Doug Field departed for Ford. Currently, Apple Watch software engineer Kevin Lynch was summoned to the “Project Titan” team.
Other former Tesla executives currently working at Apple include former drive trains chief Michael Schwekutsch and interiors head Steve MacManus.
Apple’s vehicle plans are pretty secretive at this point, but it’s said to encompass some sort of self-driving electric car, and apparently won’t materialize for at least another 5 years.