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Apple Loses Former Tesla Autopilot Software Engineer to Luminar -Breaking


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Sam Boughedda — Former Tesla (NASDAQ:) Autopilot software engineer Christopher “CJ” Moore, who joined Apple’s (NASDAQ:) car project in 2021, has left to join Luminar Technologies (NASDAQ:), a lidar company.

Moore was the director for autopilot software at Tesla before moving to Apple and becoming director of autonomous system.

In a press release today it was revealed Moore will link up with Luminar to lead its software development team, aiming to advance Sentinel, Luminar’s full-stack safety and autonomous solution.

“With industry-defining technology and now nearly a dozen major commercial wins in hand, Luminar is ready for its next phase of leadership as we focus all-in on execution,” said Luminar founder and CEO, Austin Russell. “We’re attracting the best leaders in the world in their fields to execute our vision and deliver on the future of transportation.”

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This news comes as a blow to Apple’s private car project. The company had lost three engineers from start-ups in December 2013, while its chief car project officer Doug Field left the company to join Ford.

Wednesday saw a more than 8% increase in stock of Luminar.