Tesla's Senior Self Driving Car Engineer Joins Apple

Posted: Aug 24 2015, 8:40am CDT | by , in Apple


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Tesla's Senior Self Driving Car Engineer Joins Apple
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  • Apple steals senior engineer from Tesla!

The LinkedIn profile of the expert in automated driving shows he has left Tesla and shifted to Apple.

Apple has poached a senior engineer from Tesla. The engineer is a new addition in a line of recruits by Apple. Apple has been trying to build a team for an automated electric car. The engineer Jamie Carlson used to work at Elon Musk's electric car maker Tesla.

According to Carlson’s LinkedIn profile he has left Tesla. Carlson is an expert in automated driving and is currently listed as working at Apple. Carlson joined Apple in August. Carlson is working on an unnamed project at Apple, presumably ‘Titan’.

Carlson previously worked on Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving car program. Before Tesla, Carlson worked for Michigan-based supplier Gentex Corp on automotive vision systems.

Apple has hired six more engineers with experience in self-driving technology, according to Bloomberg. In January Apple hired Megan McClain a former Volkswagen engineer. McClain has experience in automated driving.

In the same month Apple also hired Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. The university has a highly regarded automated driving research center. According to the Wall Street Journal Apple also hired Paul Furgale the former deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Lab.

In early August Apple recruited Xianqiao Tong. Tong is the developer of computer vision software for driver assistance systems. Tong used to work at Nvidia Corp the microchip makers.

Some are speculating Apple is not actually trying to build a car but simply an automated system. All of the recent hiring are car software engineers but they have never built a car. Maybe Apple is trying to come up with a software system for other electric car makers. The project would make more sense.

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