Tesla Model S car equipped with autopilot
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Tesla AI and autopilot leader Andrej Karpathy announced Wednesday that he is no longer working for the electric car maker.
“It has been a pleasure helping Tesla achieve its goals over the past five years and a difficult decision to part ways,” Karpathi wrote on Twitter. “At the time, the autopilot is out of the lane and onto the city streets and I’m looking forward to seeing the very strong autopilot team continue that momentum.”
He added, “I don’t have concrete plans for what’s coming, but I look forward to spending more time revisiting my long-standing passion around tech work in AI, open source and education.”
CEO Elon Musk Thanks Karpathy for his work in response.
A team of top machine learning scientists and engineers reported directly to Karpathi, who had taken months off from Tesla.
Tesla Vehicles have accounted for nearly 70% of reported accidents involving advanced driver assistance systems since June 2021, according to the federation. Figures released last month. Officials cautioned that the data is incomplete and is not intended to indicate which automakers’ systems may be more secure.
in Late 2016Musk has promised Tesla fans a self-driving car capable of driving from Los Angeles to New York without “one touch needed” by the end of 2017.
in 2019Musk raised billions of dollars for Tesla by promising investors that the company would have 1 million “robotaxi ready” cars on the road by the end of 2020. As he warned investors in 2019, “Sometimes I’m not on schedule, but I get it done.”
So far, the company has not been able to provide a demonstration of the autonomous vehicle from coast to coast.
Tesla instead offers driver-assist features like traffic-aware cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automated navigation.
However, even Tesla’s most advanced beta package, which is marketed in the US as a fully autonomous driving beta system, requires the driver to remain attentive to the road, with their hand on the wheel and ready to take on the driving task at any moment.
Karpathy’s departure follows Tesla office closed in San Mateo, CaliforniaData annotation teams were helping improve the company’s driver assistance technology.
According to the records of the California Employment Development Service, 229 people were fired from this office. Karpathi, whose title was Senior Director of AI, worked from Tesla’s former headquarters in Palo Alto, California and reported directly to Elon Musk.