Rumored Apple car project leader snatched by Faraday Future image

The long-reported Apple car laboratory – dubbed “Project Titan” – has been apparently dealt a setback blow after a crucial member of the team – Bart Nabbe – has decided to join start-up Faraday Future.

Project Titan is well known to be hush-hush – and thus remains unconfirmed by Apple, but as we all know the days when the company could keep its project an actual secret are long and forever gone. Still, we don’t know what exactly Nabbe was doing at Apple – before hooking up with them he was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked in autonomous outdoor navigation, artificial intelligence, computer vision and embedded systems. His prior automotive experience includes some scientific research for Toyota.

Now his Linked In profile shows Nabbe has become the Director Strategic Partnerships for Faraday Future, the startup that aims to compete with Tesla in the field of electric vehicles. The firm – which is backed up by Chinese dollars – has just broken ground on a billion-dollar production area in Nevada, near Las Vegas, which should reach a total production of 400,000 units per year. The Silicon Valley company, linked in terms of funding to Chinese electronics giant LeEco, has presented so far the wild and futuristic FFZERO1 concept, during the Consumer Electronics Show this January.