In a retrenchment of one of its most ambitious initiatives, Apple has shuttered parts of its self-driving car project and laid off dozens of employees, according to three people briefed on the move who were not allowed to speak about it publicly.
The job cuts are the latest sign of trouble with Apple’s car initiative. The company has added resources to the project — code-named Titan — over the last two years, but it has struggled to make progress. And in July, the company brought in Bob Mansfield, a highly regarded Apple veteran, to take over the effort.
Among the luxury accouterments available on what is surely the world’s most expensive ute is a dashboard clock — the Breitling for Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon — priced at a cool 150,000 euros (about $160,000). This is on top of the Bentayga’s $229,100 starting price — not that you’d be so basic as to bolt it to the base model.
The car looks hideous, but the clock is needed very nice.
One specification is a given, however: the TX5 will have a turning circle of less than 28 feet, adhering to a London law from 1906 that ensures taxicabs are able to navigate the tight roundabout at the entrance to the Savoy Hotel in Westminster.
I like the look—modern yet respectful of tradition.
I know, I know — the fact that the Eagle Speedster is beautiful is not news. But sometimes, it bears reminding. What an absolutely breathtaking car.