Last week, Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox for over $1billion. Now, two of Zoox’s longest serving engineers have left to work for Alphabet subsidiary and rival, Waymo.
According to an exclusive from The Information, two of Zoox’s longest serving and most senior engineers, James Philbin and Marc Wimmershoff, have left the company to go and work for rival Waymo, which is a sister company of Google. They wasted no time either: official news of Amazon‘s acquisition dropped last Friday, by the following Monday they started at Waymo.
Wimmershoff, senior director of planning and control, and Philbin, senior director of perception and prediction, were at Zoox for around five years; bear in mind Zoox is only six years old. Most of the company’s autonomous driving software devs reported to the pair. In the short term, this is certainly going to throw a spanner in the works.
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