Apple Loses Former Tesla Autopilot Software Engineer to Luminar By Investing.com

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By Sam Boughedda

Investing.com — Former Tesla (NASDAQ:) autopilot software engineer Christopher “CJ” Moore, who joined Apple’s (NASDAQ:) Automotive Project in 2021, left to join Luminar Technologies (NASDAQ:) :), a lidar company.

Moore served as director of autopilot software at Tesla, then joined Apple as director of autonomous systems.

In a press release today, it was revealed that Moore will be partnering with Luminar to lead its software development team, with the goal of advancing Sentinel, Luminar’s comprehensive, standalone security solution.

“With industry-defining technology and now nearly a dozen major business wins in hand, Luminar is poised for its next phase of leadership as we focus on execution,” said Austin Russell, Founder and CEO of Luminar. “We attract the world’s best leaders in their fields to realize our vision and make the future of transportation a reality.”

The news is another blow to Apple’s secret car project. In December last year it was reported that the company had lost three key engineers to start-ups, while in September last year its automotive project manager Doug Field left to join Ford.

Luminar stock rose more than 8% on Wednesday.

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