Apple Loses Key Self-Driving Car Engineers To Rivals

As Flannery O’Connor definitely didn’t say, a good self-driving car engineer is hard to find. 

They’re apparently even harder to hold on to, as Apple ( (AAPL) – Get Apple Inc. Report) has lost three engineers key to its ongoing self-driving car project to Silicon Valley rivals working on so-called “air taxis.”

Eric Rogers, who has been billed as Apple’s chief engineer for radar system on the self-driving car project, left to join Joby Aviation Inc. ( (JOBY) – Get Joby Aviation, Inc. Report.) , an “Electrical Aerial Ridesharing” company that is developing an aircraft that takes off and lands vertically, and looks sort of like a cross between a helicopter and a small plane.