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Tesla poaches another Apple's professional


Chris Lattner, creator of programming language Swift, decided to leave Apple after 12 years with the company. Lattner was the first to tell about it, and soon welcome letter for Chris was posted on the Tesla Motors’ website, which lured the famous programmer into its ranks.

cchana via flickr
cchana via flickr
"We are very pleased to have Chris join Tesla Motors to lead the Autopilot system development team, and bring the future of autonomous transport," - said the company in its official blog. Lattner takes the post of Tesla’s vice-president.

Autopilot system is available for all electric vehicles the company assembled for the period from October 2014. Tesla Motors has already hired people from Apple. Among them were Doug Field (senior vice president of engineering) and Cindy Nicola (vice president of recruiting).

So far, development of the autopilot in Tesla has been led by Jinnah Hosein, who combined this position with the post of vice-president of SpaceX software. Now, Jinnah can to fully focus on the job in Elon Musk’s private space company.

As TechCrunch notes, arrival of Lattner is a great success for Tesla Motors. Earlier, Elon Musk announced his plans to begin testing fully self-contained electric cars by the end of 2017. Lattner, given his experience and skills, can be of great assistance in achieving these ambitious goals.

Chris Lattner worked at Apple since 2005, where he was responsible for service for LLVM developers. After successful integration of the project to the Apple system, Lattner started to create Swift programming language, which was introduced in 2014. In a short time, it has become one of the most popular among developers of applications for MacOS and iOS.

Chris Lattner assured that he will remain an active participant in Swift community, but Swift’s release 4.0, which Apple has scheduled for 2017, will be presented under direction of Ted Kremenek.

source: techcrunch.com