Tesla has hired a key Apple software engineer to oversee its Autopilot

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Tesla has hired a key Apple software engineer to oversee its Autopilot self-driving software efforts, Tesla said in a blog post Tuesday.

Chris Lattner, who served at Apple for 11 years, said in a online message to Apple developers on Tuesday morning that he would “leave Apple later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space” without saying which company he planned to join.

In his time at Apple, Lattner led development of the Swift programming language.

He also led work on Xcode and Apple’s CPU and GPU compilers and a number of other development tools across a variety of roles.

Later in the day, Tesla posted a message on the company’s website saying that Lattner had been hired as vice president of Autopilot software but did not say when he would start work there.

Lattner will be replacing Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software.

Hosein has been serving a dual role at Elon Musk’s rocket company and the automaker as the interim lead on Autopilot software.

Tesla declined to comment beyond the announcement, according to Reuters.

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