Apple will lay off 190 employees from its self-driving car division located in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, California. The company acknowledged the move in a letter to the California Employment Development Department this month, and a spokesman confirmed it today with The San Francisco Chronicle.
Apple has picked up another high profile engineer for its self-driving car project. The Information reports that the company has hired Jaime Waydo, an autonomous vehicle expert who previously worked at NASA, and was more recently a senior engineer at Google’s Waymo division.
Step into this awesome 360-degree video and take control of the camera to see through the “eyes” of one of Waymo’s fully driverless minivans. According to the company, members of the general public will soon get to use these autonomous driving vehicles in their daily lives.
After receiving its first permit from California DMV in April 2017, Apple has reportedly expanded its self-driving test fleet to 27 vehicles as it accelerates efforts to catch up with competitors such as Alphabet’s Waymo.