Apple Latest News & Updates: Tesla Hires Apple Software Engineer Who Created Swift; Chris Lattner Becomes Vice President For Autopilot Software

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 01/11/17 03:00AM EST
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Tesla has hired a software engineer Chris Lattner from Apple. He is already set to leave the company later this month and start working as the vice president for Tesla Autopilot self-driving software.(Photo : Black Tesla/YouTube Screenshot)

Tesla Motors has announced on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, that it has hired the high-profile software engineer Chris Lattner from Apple to oversee its Autopilot self-driving software. He is set to leave Apple later this month and will start working for Tesla as the vice president of the Autopilot software.

Apple Latest News: Tesla Motors Hires Apple Software Engineer

According to Reuters, electric carmaker Tesla Motors  is creating its Autopilot self-driving software. It has been on an interim basis by software chief Jinnah Hosein of SpaceX, and headed by Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. Hence, as Tesla Autopilot software did not have a full-time leader. To complete the making of this software, Tesla has hired the key Apple Inc software engineer, Chris Lattner, who is a high-profile figure in the world of software development.

Apple Latest News: Engineer Chris Lattner Leaves Apple

Software Engineer Chris Lattner has served Apple since 2005. He created Apple's Swift, which is a programming language that allows software developers to write apps for iOS in iPhones and iPads more easily. Chris Lattner also made the programming language as an open source in 2015. This allowed developers to use it in applications, without the need for fees. He has also served as a senior director in the developer tools department at the company. However, Chris Lattner is now set to leave Apple Inc.

According to Recode, Chris Lattner has already sent an online message to Apple developers, and on Swift.org on Tuesday, January 10, that he is leaving the company later this month. His resignation would allow him to pursue other opportunities..

On the same day, Tesla Motors posted a message on its website that Lattner had been hired. Chris Lattner is now set to work as the vice president of Tesla's Autopilot software. However, details on his official first day at the company have no beent revealed yet. Tesla has also declined to comment beyond the announcement.



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