Benjamin Lyon, one of the chief engineers of the Apple Car project, left his job with the company while Apple was looking for a manufacturing partner for its self-driving electric car.
Apple’s driverless electric car project has been on the agenda for a long time. We have recently heard that the company has been negotiating with automotive brands such as Hyundai and Nissan for a production partnership.
While Apple Car was getting closer to becoming a reality, an important name of the project left the company. Benjamin Lyon, who led the sensor development team, will no longer be at Apple.
Transferred to the space company
Lyon had worked for the Cupertino company for over 20 years. The experienced engineer was an important contributor to the development of iPhone, iPad, Mac and touch devices.
Lyon got involved in the Apple Car project in 2014 and helped build the driverless car team. He is now chief engineer of the space venture Astra.
It is working to develop small and low-cost rockets that will be used to transport up to 150 kilograms of cargo into space.