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Chris Lattner

Tesla Hires Swift Creator Chris Lattner as VP of Autopilot Software

January 10, 2017

Today, Chris Lattner announced that he would be leaving Apple after over a decade at the company where created and developed the Swift programming language in order to take a position at Telsa as VP of the company’s autopilot software.

Here’s the official press release from Tesla:

We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software. Chris’ reputation for engineering excellence is well known. He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms and one of the fastest growing languages for doing so on Linux. Prior to Apple, Chris was lead author of the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, an open source umbrella project that is widely used in commercial products and academic research today.

As Chris joins Tesla, we would like to give a special thanks to Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software, who has been serving a dual role as the interim Vice President of Tesla Autopilot Software and will now be heading back to SpaceX full-time. We would like to thank Jinnah for the efforts needed to achieve excellence in both roles, David Nister, our Vice President of Autopilot Vision, and the team for their exceptional work in advancing Autopilot.

We are very excited that Chris is joining Tesla to lead our Autopilot engineering team and accelerate the future of autonomous driving.

Lattner will replace Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s VP of Software, who has been serving a dual role at both SpaceX and Tesla as the interim lead on Autopilot software.

What this means for Apple’s rumored Project Titan is still unknown, but this does seem like a significant blow to the Apple team.