Apple Inc. (AAPL) - Get Reportcut a little more than 200 employees this week from its autonomous car program, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the layoffs at Project Titan but told CNBC it still sees opportunity in the space.
"We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple. As the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019, some groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple," the spokesperson said.
"We continue to believe there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever," the spokesperson added.
Apple didn't provide specifics on the personnel changes, and it's unclear whether all or some of the 200 employees cited in the report were dismissed or merely reassigned to different parts of the company, according to AppleInsider.
The company previously cut back on Project Titan in 2016, when hundreds of team members were reportedly reassigned to other departments or fired in two waves of layoffs, according to AppleInsider.
Project Titan is led by Bob Mansfield, Apple's former hardware engineering chief. Last August, the company re-hired Doug Field, formerly Tesla Inc.'s vice president of engineering, to lead the group along with Mansfield.