Apple’s self-driving car project — the rumored “Apple Car” — has lost three key engineers in recent weeks, reports Bloomberg.
Eric Rogers, billed as Apple’s chief engineer for radar systems on the project, left for flying-taxi startup Joby Aviation. in recent weeks. Alex Clarabut, an engineering manager for the team’s battery systems group, joined Archer Aviation Inc., another company working to develop air taxis.
Stephen Spiteri, an Apple hardware engineering manager, left to join Archer as well. Joby and Archer confirmed the appointments, which underscore a push by aviation startups to nab Silicon Valley talent.
On Dec. 1, Michael Schwekutsch, an ex-Tesla engineer with experience in powertrains, left Apple’s Special Projects Group to join electric air taxi startup Archer as senior vice president of engineering, reports CNBC. Archer is working on electric-powered air taxis that take off and land vertically.
When might we see an Apple Car?
On. Nov. 18, Bloomberg reported that Apple is accelerating development on its “Apple Car.” The article says the electric vehicle will be self-driving and could roll out in 2025.
What’s more, in a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — investment bank Wedbush says Apple is likely to announce a strategic electric vehicle partnership in 2022 to lay the groundwork for an “Apple Car” release in 2025.