Apple's SVP of Machine Learning & AI John Giannandrea has been assigned to Oversee Apple's Secretive 'Project Titan'
Patently Apple has been covering the latest Project Titan patents for years, including a granted patent report posted this morning covering another side of LiDAR that was never covered before. While some in the industry have doubted Apple will ever do anything with this project, Apple has now reportedly moved its self-driving car unit under the leadership of top artificial intelligence executive John Giannandrea, who will oversee the company’s continued work on an autonomous system that could eventually be used in its own car.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is reporting today that Project Titan is run day-to-day by Doug Field. His team of hundreds of engineers have moved to Giannandrea’s artificial intelligence and machine-learning group, according to people familiar with the change.
Previously, Field reported to Bob Mansfield, Apple’s former senior vice president of hardware engineering. Mansfield has now fully retired from Apple, leading to Giannandrea taking over. Mansfield oversaw a shift from the development of a car to just the underlying autonomous system.
In 2017, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Confirms Project Titan is the 'Mother of all AI Projects' Focused on Self-Driving Vehicles." For more read the full Bloomberg report.
Like with all major Apple projects, be it for a head-mounted display device, smartglasses, folding devices, Apple keeps its secrets and prototypes under wraps until they've holistically worked out their roadmap.
That's why following Apple's patents is the best way to keep on top of the technology that Apple's engineers are actually working on in some capacity within the various ongoing projects. Review our Project Titan patent archive to see what Apple has been working on.