Former Ford engineer Steve Zadesky, who joined Apple 16 years ago and has spent the past two years at the head of a secret electric car project called "Titan," is leaving for "personal reasons," according to media report
    
The exact date of Zadesky's departure and the personal reasons at issue were not clear, the report said. Contacted by AFP today, Apple declined to comment.
    
Zadesky's departure would be a bump in the road for Apple's automotive aspirations. Apple has never directly confirmed project Titan, but car-industry hires and acquisitions have fueled intense speculation that it has joined the race to merge automobile, internet, and machine intelligence.