Apple Hires Tesla’s Former Autopilot Software Director

Apple has hired Tesla’s former Autopilot software director Christopher Moore and will report to Stuart Bowers, another former Tesla employee. It though observed that Apple hasn’t been all that vocal about its electric car project, but according to reports, it is hiring Tesla’s Autopilot software engineer to work on its EVs.

Moore who is the new Apple’s autopilot software director was said to have stirred up some controversies where he said that CEO Elon Musk’s “full self-driving” claim is exaggerated. In January, Musk stated that he was “highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability over human this year.” The full self-driving software, currently in beta, does not make a Tesla vehicle fully autonomous, as a driver must keep control of the vehicle at all times.

Apple has been making its electric-car project a secret but it has been hiring experts from other companies especially Telsa.

Moore pointed out that Tesla is currently at Level 2, referring to the vehicle’s level of autonomy — Level 2 means that the car still requires supervision from the driver, while Level 5 signifies full autonomy. Moore has since been called as a witness to the fiery Tesla crash in April that left two people dead. Initial reports suggested there was no one in the driver’s seat, but the National Transportation Safety Board said last month that its investigation showed the driver’s seat was occupied in that incident.

Christopher “CJ” Moore, has been the director for Tesla’s Autopilot Software since 2019 and has been with the company since 2014. Moore is yet to update his LinkedIn page, but it is observed that he will work on software at Apple and will report to Stuart Bowers. Like Moore, Bowers worked as Tesla’s head of the Autopilot unit until he left in 2019.

Apple’s electric car project, codenamed Project Titan, remains shrouded in secrecy. However, Apple has been hiring EV experts from other companies — especially Tesla.

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