Apple engineer joins Postmates to work on autonomous sidewalk rover

Postmates has hired author and long-time Apple engineer, Ken Kocienda, as principal software engineer. He’ll be joining the Postmates team and working first on Postmates X, building the new platform for the company's autonomous sidewalk rover, Serve.

Previously at Apple, Kocienda worked on the software teams that created the first versions of the Safari web browser, the iPhone, the iPad, and the Apple Watch. He collaborated with designers and engineers to develop features for the original release of iOS through iOS 11. 

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Kocienda delivered faces for the first Apple Watch, algorithms for 3D Touch, and the pressure-sensitive home button, accessibility features, and user interface elements for SpringBoard, Live Photos, and the two-lens Portrait filter. He also invented autocorrect for the original iPhone and holds over 50 patents for his work at Apple.

Last year Kocienda released a book entitled Creative Selection. It presents a look inside Apple's design process through his involvement with a few key features across a variety of platforms and devices.

Postmates specializes in on-demand delivery from more than 500,000 restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, as well as traditional retailers. The company operates in about 3,500 cities. Postmates first introduced Serve in December of 2018 and has been testing it in various locations.