Will the loss of Bart Nabbe set Project Titan back?
The Apple car project has been dealt a blow as a key member of the team, Bart Nabbe, has departed to join startup Faraday Future.
Project Titan, as it’s called, is notoriously secretive, so it isn’t entirely clear what Nabbe’s role was. Before joining Apple he had been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he specialized in autonomous outdoor navigation, artificial intelligence, computer vision and embedded systems. He had also been a research scientist for Toyota.
On his Linked In profile, Nabbe gives his job title at Faraday Future as Director Strategic Partnerships.
Faraday Future recently broke ground on a billion-dollar production facility in Nevada, near Las Vegas, which will build up to 400,000 cars a year. The Silicon Valley company, which is part funded by Chinese electronics giant LeEco, is likely to build a production version of LeEco's LeSee concept. Faraday Future itself has so far only shown the wild FFZERO1 concept, first seen at the Consumer Electronics Show last January.
What Nabbe’s departure means for the Apple car project isn’t clear. Not that the company has actually confirmed it is working on a complete car. Apple CEO Tim Cook did confirm its is planning to enter the car industry, but not in what capacity.