Apple’s efforts to build a self-driving electric car hit another speed bump recently after the company lost its navigation engineer to electric car startup Faraday Future.
Computer vision and vehicle navigation specialist Bart Nabbe was working with Apple’s not-so-secret Project Titan team for nearly the last two years, but his LinkedIn profile now shows that he’s at Faraday Future serving as the director of strategic partnerships.
The Apple Car project has lost a couple of key employees this year, the most notable of which was Steve Zadesky who was leading the project. Apple has poached top talent from a number of other automakers like Tesla, Ford, Mercedes and others.
Before working on Project Titan, Nabbe was a principle research scientist at Toyota. He also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. Nabbe specialized in autonomous outdoor navigation, artificial intelligence, computer vision and embedded systems.
Now that Zadesky is out of Apple, the company has brought back the legendary Bob Mansfield to oversee the project. The company hasn’t commented on its automotive ambitions publicly but the latest rumors have claimed the iPhone-maker hopes to get its car on the road by 2021.