In 1999, former Ford Engineer Steve Zadesky left the automaker to work for Apple, having a hand in key products like the iPod and iPhone before allegedly being tapped to run the tech giant’s “Project Titan” – what is believed to be the company’s stab at developing an autonomous and/or electric vehicle.
Now, according to Jalopnik, the former Ford Engineer and Apple veteran of 16 and some years is leaving the tech company for “personal reasons.” We can only assume that this will pose a hurdle for Apple’s secret Project Titan, the command of which Mr. Zadesky was delegated back in 2014.
According to rumor, a “ship date” of 2019 had been identified for Apple’s Project Titan, although this doesn’t likely mean that the car itself would be ready for market by this time. (More likely, it refers to a target date for a functioning concept.) Former Ford Engineer and soon-to-be former Apple Engineer Steve Zadesky was recently responsible for tripling the size of Apple’s 600-person Project Titan development team, and according to inside information, many on the existing team already found Apple’s goals too ambitious to be attainable.
Given Apple’s secrecy with regard to its operations and the Titan project in particular, we’re never likely to know how much Steve Zadesky’s departure impacts the tech company’s attempts to build a working automobile.