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A top Oculus engineer quit Facebook for a self-driving car startup because it's more exciting than VR

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British driverless car startup FiveAI poached John Lusty, a former engineering manager at Facebook's Oculus, to head up its simulation efforts.

Lusty will draw on his gaming pedigree to help create virtual environments as testing grounds for FiveAI's autonomous vehicles, which are due to be tested on real roads later this year.

John Lusty set up Facebook's Oculus engineering team in London in 2016, but quit in February this year to oversee FiveAI's simulation efforts.

FiveAI raised £26.8 million ($35.6 million) last September to fund its driverless car technology and has teams in London, Cambridge, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Oxford.

One of the reasons Lusty was excited by the startup was that Boland had been chief executive of Acorn Computers, the British computing company which created the BBC Micro in the 1980s.

The BBC Microcomputer was a revolutionary project that helped bring computing into people's homes and schools.

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