Bloomberg reports that Doug Field, vice president of special projects and head of self-driving car development, has left Apple. He was lured away by the American automaker Ford.
Field originally worked for Apple, but was lured away by Tesla in 2013, claiming that he had “the leadership and technical talent to design and deliver outstanding products.” He was responsible for the production of Tesla Model 3 before Elon Musk took over the responsibility.
In 2018, Doug made the decision to return to Apple, where he led the Apple Car team. According to last year’s Bloomberg insider report, Field was responsible for the day-to-day execution of Project Titan and reported directly to John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.
Now Field is back to basics – his career in the automotive industry began with Ford back in 1987.
“We are grateful for the contributions Doug has made to Apple and wish him all the best for the next chapter of his life,” Apple said in a statement.
Bloomberg believes that this is a serious problem for the Apple Project Titan team, which could affect the company’s plans for the production of electric cars.
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