Luminar Hires Manager From Apple’s Car Project for Its Software Team

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Luminar said it has added many people to its global software development team.

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Luminar Technologies said on Wednesday that it has added several people to its global software development team, including a manager on Apple’s car project.

CJ Moore, who served as director of autopilot software at Tesla (ticker: TSLA) and most recently as director of autonomous systems at Apple (AAPL), is joining Luminar (LAZR) to lead its software program. Huh.

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He brings an in-depth “build and ship” mindset and in-depth experience in software and systems engineering to Luminar, the company said in the news release.

Moore joined Apple in August last year. Many of Apple’s car project managers and engineers left in 2021. The company initially set out to build a full-fledged car to compete with Tesla, but scaled back around 2016 to focus on built-in self-driving car systems. Last year, it set out again to build a car, putting some of the division’s engineers specifically into that effort.

According to the release, Tanner Ozselik, founder of Nvidia’s automotive business, will also join Luminar as executive vice president and general manager to oversee product development, research and development, program management and overseeing Luminar’s semiconductor subsidiaries.

Luminor stock is up 5% to $8.86 and is down 50% to date while the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index is down 28%.

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