Apple Car Project Loses Three Engineers to Flying Taxi Startups


The ongoing saga of Apple employees leaving for other companies continues this week, with reports of three new engineers having left the company for air travel startups.

Apple’s autonomous vehicle project lost three more engineers to startup companies within the past few weeks, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The departed engineers include Apple Chief Radar Engineer Eric Rogers, Engineering Manager for Battery Systems Alex Clarabut and Hardware Engineering Manager Stephen Spiteri.

Rogers departed Apple to join Joby Aviation Inc., a flying taxi startup company, while Clarabut and Spiteri both left and joined fellow air taxi company Archer Aviation Inc.

The Apple Car project, internally called “Project Titan,” has lost several key managers, employees and engineers throughout the year.

Last week, former Tesla engineer and Apple Project Titan Engineer Michael Schwekutsch also left Apple to join Archer.

Last month, Apple Battery Head Soonho Ahn left the company to join Volkswagen’s battery division in Germany.

In September, Car Chief Doug Field departed Apple to join Ford, just a few months after a string of managers left the Apple Car Project over the summer and spring months.

Still, Apple has managed to hire a few key pickups as well, including former Tesla Autopilot engineer Christopher “CJ” Moore, who was hired for the company’s car division last month.