Apple Inc will be losing one of its top software Engineers to Tesla motors. The Apple veteran, Chris Lattner who served at Apple for more than decade said in an online message to his fellow Apple developers on Tuesday that he will be leaving Apple later I the month to work in a new environment, he didn’t specify which company he planned to join.

Tesla Motors Inc. the leading Electric carmaker has confirmed in a blog post on Tuesday 10th 2017 of hiring a key Apple Inc. software engineer who will oversee the Autopilot self-driving software efforts.

Tesla later posted on the company’s website that Chris Lattner is now the vice president of Autopilot software but failed to mention when he would start work.

Chris Lattner if you don’t know him yet is a top Apple software Engineer, he is one of the figures that made Apple what it is today. He is the Developer behind Apple’s programming language, Swift which made life easier for developers outside Apple to write Apps for iOS, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads.

In addition to developing Swift at Apple, Chris Lattner also led a successful campaign to make the programming language “open source,” meaning that developers can now incorporate it into their applications without having to pay fees to Apple. Unlike before, Apple will tightly guard and control the Technology it created.

Apple has confirmed the departure of Lattner to join Tesla but would not comment beyond Lattner’s posted message. While Tesla has failed to state the time Lattner will resume work as the new Vice President.

This is a very good move for Tesla, bringing in a high-profile figure in the world of software development for a position that previously did not have a full-time leader. Tesla’s Autopilot was overseen on an interim basis by the software chief Jinnah Hosein of SpaceX, which is also headed by Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk.

Autopilot is the hardware and software system on Tesla vehicles that allows self-driving in some situations but still requires drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel. Federal safety regulators in the United States are examining whether Autopilot played a role in a fatal crash in Florida last year.

 

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