Apple will lay off 190 in self-driving car division

FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. shop is seen on the day of the new iPhone 7 smartphone launch in Los Angeles, California, USA, 16 September 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Wednesday it plans to lay off 190 employees in the self-driving car, program, Project Titan.

Apple said in a file with the California regulators that it plans to dismiss people of Santa Clara facilities near its Cupertino, California, headquarters. The cuts, first reported by CNBC, in force on 16 April. A spokesman for the company confirmed that the reduction of the self-driving car program.

More than 150 engineers and related areas, were among those dismissed, according to a letter sent by Apple in California employment supervisors. Among the employees, at least two dozen were, software engineers, and 40 hardware engineers, according to the letter. At least three product design engineers, an ergonomics engineer and a machine learning engineer were also included in the reduction.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the distribution of the redundancies.

The redundancies seem to be the first major shake-up of Project Titan, including Doug Field, who returned to Apple last year after a stint in electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Dan Grebler

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