Chris Lattner, Creator of Swift, Leaves Tesla After Only 6 Months

Chris Lattner

Chris Lattner started working on Swift way back in 2010 while working for Apple. For those unaware, Swift is a programming language used to develop iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS applications. Lattner left Apple in January this year to pursue a future at Tesla as the VP of the company’s autopilot program. Lattner has now sent out a tweet saying that Tesla wasn’t a “good fit” and that he is looking for other options.

Lattner’s tweet read:

This has come as a surprise to many in the industry, mainly because of Lattner’s enthusiasm when he took the job earlier this year. However, given the enormous pressure piled on by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the company’s team to finish working on its autonomous car project by the end of 2017, these departures were somewhat expected. This is not the first major employee ouster, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Tesla is at the forefront of innovation, although the company’s insistence on deadlines and targets might be holding them back a little.

What do you think of Lattner’s departure?

[Via The Wall Street Journal]