Tesla poaches Apple oldster for self-driving job

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USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk famously called Apple a “Tesla graveyard” where his unsuccessful employees go to toil.

That was a nifty bit of Musk-esque written sparring in what is a flourishing talent war between a tech titans. But it seems he’s now robbing a graveyard.

In a blog post Tuesday, Tesla announced that it was employing 11-year Apple maestro Chris Lattner, an operative who was essentially obliged for formulating Swift, a programming denunciation for building apps on Apple platforms. Lattner will take a circle of Autopilot, Tesla’s self-driving automobile program.

Lattner takes over for Jinnah Hosein, Musk-owned SpaceX’s clamp boss of software, “who has been portion a twin purpose as a halt Vice President of Tesla Autopilot Software and will now be streamer behind to SpaceX full-time,” according to a post.

The pierce comes during a time when a flourishing series of automakers (from Audi to Volvo), tech companies (including Uber and much-rumored Apple) and suppliers (Nvidia, Intel, Mobileye) are throwing dollars and bodies during accelerating a attainment of an unconstrained automobile future.

Tesla now equips all of a new Model S and X vehicles with an array of radar, laser and camera sensors that, Musk claims, can yield a entirely unconstrained knowledge for drivers.

That said, Autopilot’s stream facilities are limited, and Musk has pronounced that he skeleton to gradually hurl out more self-driving capability as that record proves itself in testing.

Apple has remained silent about a unconstrained automobile plans. A accumulation of reports have suggested that a iPhone-maker’s automotive ambitions have shifted recently from building both a program and hardware for a automobile to focusing instead on self-driving sensors and program that would afterwards be used in an automaker’s product.

That’s always been a proceed of Google, that is now 7 years into a unconstrained automobile project. Last spring, Google announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler to build 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans that would enclose Google sensors and software. Those vehicles were announced with some pushing Sunday during a 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Follow USA TODAY tech reporter Marco della Cava on Twitter.

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