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Apple Car team loses top expert in self-driving cars

Apple Car team loses top expert in self-driving cars

Apple has lost another member of the Project Titan team while working on its ambitious plans for a fully self-driving electric car. According to a new report from BloombergChristopher (CJ) Moore has left Apple after less than a year on the job. Prior to his brief stint at Apple, Moore was director of Tesla’s Autopilot team.

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Moore is leaving Apple’s self-driving car team to join Luminar, a startup that says it’s “building the future of transportation.” The company’s goal is to “make autonomous transportation safe and ubiquitous” by enabling the “first real-world implementations of autonomy and the next generation of safety features at scale”.

At Luminar, Moore will lead the software team to develop autonomous safety features that will be integrated into the company’s LiDAR technology. Luminar confirmed the lease in a statement Wednesday. The company too confirmed that it has hired top executives from Nvidia, Tesla and other companies.

“With industry-defining technology and now close to a dozen major commercial victories on our hands, Luminar is poised for the next phase of leadership as we focus entirely on execution,” said Luminar Founder and CEO, Austin Russell. “We attract the world’s best leaders in their fields to execute on our vision and make the future of transportation a reality.”

Moore is the latest in a long line of departures from the Apple Car team. Last year, Ford poached Doug Field from Apple. Field worked at Apple until 2013 when he was hired by Tesla to help lead the Model 3 production ramp. He returned to Apple in 2018 to work on the Apple Car project before leaving for Ford in September.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple has hired Desi Ujkashevic, a 31-year-old Ford veteran, to help lead the Apple Car project. Apple’s VP of technology Kevin Lynch is believed to be leading most of the Apple Car team.

Apple’s current goal is to launch an electric car with full self-driving capabilities by 2025. The company reportedly believes its self-driving car technology will be so reliable that its car will not have a traditional steering wheel and pedals.

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