American Electric carmaker Tesla has hired long-serving Apple technologist, Chris Lattner, as the vice president of its Autopilot division. Lattner headed the Cupertino-based technology giant Apple's Developer Tools section and was responsible for Apple's new Swift open-source programming language which is used to create iPhone, iPad and Mac apps.
American Electric carmaker Tesla has hired long-serving Apple technologist Chris Lattner to run as the vice president of Autopilot software. Lattner headed the Cupertino-based technology giant's Developer Tools division.
Lattner who was responsible for the creation of the Swift coding language which is used to code apps for macs, iPhones and iPads will now lead Tesla's Autopilot engineering team and "accelerate the future of autonomous driving,".
The hiring of Lattner comes as a major boost to the Tesla Autopilot team which was under the control of Jinnah Hosein, who has been working double duty at Tesla and as SpaceX's vice president of software.
Tesla's Autopilot division has been set a lofty goal of of the end of this year to enable its cars to drive coast-to-coast across the US without any human control by the company boss, Elon Musk.
The hiring of Lattner is not the first time that Tesla has poached employees from Apple.
Apple also has been known from hiring Tesla engineers in the past and the two companies increasingly seem to be set to collide over autonomous driving systems and are trying to get the best of the talent available in their pockets.
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