Hyundai may have just shot itself in the foot. Late yesterday, the company hinted that Apple had come knocking to discuss the possibility of working together to develop a self-driving electric car. And then, Hyundai backpedaled.
Apple, a maker of many devices with glass in them, filed a patent for a system that uses electrical current to determine the presence of cracks and other imperfections in glass. This pitch isn’t for use in an iPhone or iPad; rather, it’s intended for car windshields.
Over 200 employees working on Apple’s self-driving cars project, code-named Project Titan, have been laid off. The move is being positioned internally as an “anticipated restructuring”, according to the earliest reports, though it’s not immediately clear that the job losses were actually expected by the people who were laid off.