Tesla Inc (TSLA) Autopilot Program Gets A New Leader (Again)

Former Apple guru and Tesla's Vice President of Autopilot Software, Chris Lattner left the company Tuesday after only six months with the automaker. "I'm interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader", Lattner said on Twitter.

Tesla, in its statement about the departure of Lattner, said that he was not fit for the company and we wish him good luck for the future.

However, Tesla was quick to find a replacement for Lattner, as the carmaker hired Andrej Karpathy as the new head of Autopilot Vision and its AI technology.

Andrej Karpathy, previously a research scientist at OpenAI, was named director of AI and Autopilot Vision, reporting directly to Chief Executive Elon Musk, a Tesla spokesperson said. He joined the electric vehicle maker after spending eleven years at Apple, where he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms. Karpathy is the company's new Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, but who he is?

Lattner's exit is just one of the couple of high-profile resignations from Tesla's Autopilot program for the past few months.

Tesla took no time figuring out a replacement.

Karpathy also created one of the original, and most respected, deep learning courses taught at Stanford, and his dissertation work focused on creating a system by which a neural network could identify multiple discrete and specific items within an image, label them using natural language and report to a user. The latter part makes sense since the company's compute vision system called Tesla Vision is going to support Autopilot, which Keller is now in charge of leading, hardware- and software-wise. In 2011 and 2013, Karpathy interned for the tech behemoth working on large scale deep learning and video content analysis. Tesla has claimed that all cars now being made at the company's factory in Fremont, California, have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability.

  • Zachary Reyes