Tesla hires Apple Engineer for Autopilot


Tesla has hired Chris Lattner from Apple where he was responsible for creating Swift – the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms. Prior to Apple, Chris was lead author of the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, an open source umbrella project that is widely used in commercial products and academic research today. Chris will join Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Software, replacing Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software who has been serving a dual role as the interim Vice President of Tesla Autopilot Software and will now be heading back to SpaceX full-time.

“Chris’s reputation for engineering excellence is well known”, “We are very excited that Chris is joining Tesla to lead our Autopilot engineering team and accelerate the future of autonomous driving,” said the company in an official statement.

It appears, Chris is not the only one from Apple to Join Tesla. Matt Casebolt, a high-profile Senior Director of Design for Apple’s Mac lineup left the company last month for a role at Tesla as Senior Director Engineering, Closures & Mechanisms. Casebolt was a Design Director of MacBook Pro, including its Touch Bar feature. He is listed on 52 patents at Apple.


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