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A LinkedIn posting reveals that Apple has poached one of Tesla’s vehicle engineers, likely to become a member of the tech giant’s Project Titan autonomous car program.

As reported by Reuters, former Tesla engineer, Jamie Carlson’s LinkIn profile states that he joined Apple in August in an unnamed position with a special project group.

Carlson isn’t the first to leave Tesla to take up a position. At least six others, who share experience in autonomous vehicle programs, having joined Apple recently.

An Apple 'Titan' mule spied testing
An Apple 'Titan' mule spied testing

The full extent of Apple’s Project Titan is yet to be revealed, but it is believed to focus on autonomous driving systems. Apple also faces competition from Google, and is own autonomous car program, which has been previewed numerous times.

While the tech firm is believed to be working on an electric vehicle of its own, it may also be developing the system for use by an established auto maker.

Other recent hirings by Apple include Paul Furgale, former deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Megan McClain, formerly a part of Volkswagen’s autonomous driving program, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher focusing on automated driving research.

Tesla's own ranks feature a number of former Apple employees
Tesla's own ranks feature a number of former Apple employees

Tesla too has procured its fair share of employees from Apple’s offices. As of January this year more than 150 of Tesla’s employees were previous employees at Apple.

Apple has also poached skilled employees from Volkswagen, Ford, BMW, Bosch, TRW and Delphi Automotive.

Areas of expertise include computer controlled object detection, video-based driver assistance systems, and connected vehicle systems.

While the full scope of Apple’s Project Titan is yet to be revealed, work continues on the top secret project at the company’s Cupertino headquarters.

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