The Ola app displayed on a smartphone.Mint | Hindustan Times | Getty ImagesOla, an Indian competitor to Uber that makes its own electric vehicles, announced Tuesday it has hired Jaguar Land Rover veteran Wayne Burgess as its head of vehicle design.Burgess, who spent almost 20 years at Jaguar Land Rover working on models including the XF, F-Type, F-Pace SUV, XE, has joined Ola’s electric vehicle business, Ola Electric, where he will lead design across the company’s entire EV product range, which includes scooters, bikes and cars.Prior to Jaguar Land Rover, Burgess worked at premium British car makers including Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. He worked on the Bentley Arnage in 1998 and Aston Martin’s DB9 in the mid 2000s.Bhavish Aggarwal, chairman and group CEO of Ola, said in a statement that Burgess “will bring global appeal and design aesthetic to our industry changing electric vehicles.” Burgess said he’s looking forward to leading a team “that will work on designing cutting-edge electric vehicles for the world.”Ola is the largest ride-hailing company in India and competes with California heavyweight Uber in several countries.Founded in 2010 by Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, the Bangalore-headquartered company is planning to launch its first electric scooters in coming months. These vehicles will be more like mopeds (motorbikes without gears) than the e-scooters associated with firms like Bird, Lime, Voi and Tier.The Ola Scooter will be manufactured at the Ola Futurefactory in Tamil Nadu, India, which is still under construction. When fully operational, Ola said, it will make 10 million Ola Scooters per year at the facility.Ola spun off its electric vehicles business into a separate unit with $56 million of funding in February 2019. In addition to EVs, it works on charging solutions, EV batteries and developing infrastructure that will enable commercial EVs to operate at scale.
Apple declined to comment on Samy Bengio’s role. Samy Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.Apple Inc said on Monday it has hired former distinguished Google scientist Samy Bengio, who left the search giant amid turmoil in its artificial intelligence research department.Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, two people familiar with the matter said. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after spending about eight years at Google.Apple declined to comment on Bengio’s role. Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.Bengio who left Google last week after about 14 years said last month he was pursuing “other exciting opportunities”.His decision followed Google’s firings in recent months of fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell after alleging she transferred electronic files out of the company and Timnit Gebru after she threatened to quit rather than retract a paper.Mitchell and Gebru had co-led a team researching ethics issues in AI, and had voiced concern about Google’s workplace diversity and approach to reviewing research. Bengio had expressed support for the pair.As one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research team, Bengio advanced the “deep learning” algorithms that underpin today’s AI systems for analyzing images, speech and other data.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)