January 25, 2019 / 2:46 AM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-Apple dismisses over 200 staff from autonomous vehicle group - CNBC

(Adds comment from Apple)

Jan 24 (Reuters) - Apple Inc has dismissed more than 200 employees from its autonomous vehicle group, Project Titan, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The dismissals are seen, internally, as anticipated restructuring under the relatively new leadership of Project Titan, CNBC said cnb.cx/2DvYbpm.

"As the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019, some groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple," the company said in a statement.

However, Apple didn't confirm or deny the layoffs.

Last year, the iPhone maker hired Doug Field, an Apple veteran and a Tesla engineering vice president, to lead the Project Titan team alongside Bob Mansfield. (Reporting by Mekhla Raina and Rishika Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Rashmi Aich)

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