Report: Apple Watch and Health exec Kevin Lynch joining the Apple Car team

As Apple continues its work on self-driving car technology, it is shifting one of its most well-known executives to the Project Titan team. According to a report from Insider, Kevin Lynch has been tapped to join the team working on the car project.

Lynch serves as Apple’s VP of technology and has had a major role in the development of the Apple Watch and its associated health features. His title as VP of technology will not change through this transition, the report says, but his focus will shift gears towards the Apple Car.

Some details here are still unclear. For instance, the report says that it’s “not yet clear how Lynch’s new focus on the car efforts will affect his day-to-day responsibilities” working with the Apple Watch and Apple Health teams.

Evan Doll, who serves as Apple’s director of health software engineering, will take over some of Lynch’s responsibilities on the health team, which is led by Jeff Williams:

Evan Doll, a director of health software engineering, will replace Lynch on the staff, one of the people said. While Doll will continue to report to Lynch, Lynch’s absence on that team, home to the organizaton’s decisionmakers, means he’ll be less tangibly involved in health strategy, two of the people said. 

The Apple Car project is currently being overseen by John Giannandrea, Apple’s senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The project has shifted in scope multiple times over the years, but Apple is currently focusing on building a self-driving system that it can use for an Apple-branded car made in partnership with a production partner. 

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