Apple has hired one of Tesla Motors’ senior engineers to work on its own self-driving technology – most likely as part of its Project Titan. Carlson’s LinkedIn profile reflects that he has left Tesla Motors and joined Apple, although his exact role at the new company is unknown. He is listed as a member of a special projects group.
Apple is reportedly developing a self-driving vehicle. So this new hire from Tesla Motors seems an obvious step i that direction.
Before this, Apple has already hired a solid team of talent such as Megan McClain from Volkswagen, who is an engineer with expertise in automated driving, researcher Vinay Palkkode who comes from Carnegie Mellon; Xianqiao Tong, former engineer at NVIDIA who worked on a computer vision software for driver assistance systems and Paul Furgale, former deputy director of Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
A few months ago, Apple made headlines when the company hired Paul Furgale, an acclaimed autonomous vehicle researcher who allegedly began assembling a team of “robotics and machine vision experts to work on a confidential project”
An investigation conducted earlier this year revealed that Apple has a secret facility in Sunnyvale, California. The automotive project or Project Titan is said to be shrouded in secrecy inside a top secret building code named SG5. Right now it’s very much clear what Apple new vehicle would look like. The only thing we know so far is that it will be electric and autonomous.
Google is also working on an automated car from quite a time now, although there is no word as to when the Apple’s car will hit the market yet. But the aggressive hiring by the company clearly suggests that the company is serious about the project and is ready to take Google head on.