Apple recently confirmed that the company has purchased Drive.ai. This has also resulted in the add-on of a few dozen new engineers who will focused on product design.
According to a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle, Apple has hired a “handful” of hardware and software engineers from self-driving car startup Drive.ai – which is planning to close its doors soon.
So far, Apple is said to have hired five engineers from the startup. According to LinkedIn profiles, four of the five are working on “special projects” at Apple, including data, systems, and software engineering.
The report explains that Apple was “exploring a purchase” of Drive.ai just three weeks ago. This acquisition would have let it acquire dozens of Drive.ai engineers. At this point, it’s unclear whether Apple completed its full acquisition of Drive.ai, or simply hired some of the company’s engineers. Apple could still be in talks to complete a full acquisition.
In a regulatory filing, Drive.ai General Counsel Thomas Yih wrote that the startup will close its offices on Friday, cutting its CEO and other executives in the process. However, in that same filing with California regulators, however, Drive.ai said that its situation could change – leaving the door open for a possible acquisition:
Drive.ai plans to close its Mountain View office by Friday. The cuts include Chief Executive Officer, Bijit Halder, and its directors of finance and robotics, a company official said in a June 12 letter sent to California’s Employment Development Department.
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