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Tesla’s Autopilot team grew by ‘over 50%’ in the past 6 months, says former VP of software

There are a lot of comings and goings in Tesla’s Autopilot team and that reached the highest level in leadership on several occasions. Again yesterday when Chris Lattner, VP of Autopilot Software, left and was replaced by an AI expert, Andrej Karpathy, and Jim Keller, VP of Autopilot Hardware (and now Software).

While several departures from the team made headlines recently, Lattner says that it grew by over 50% during his tenure as head of Autopilot software over the last 6 months.

When Lattner joined the automaker, Tesla’s former Autopilot Director, Sterling Anderson, left to form his own self-driving car company and several Autopilot engineers followed him.

As a respected leader in the broader software community through years of working on developer tools at Apple, Lattner was apparently able to turn things around on that front and help attract a lot of talent for Tesla’s Autopilot team.

He also listed several other accomplishments at Tesla in his updated résumé – even a few of them hinting at upcoming new “exciting features”:

While he left Tesla only 6 months after joining from Apple, Lattner says that he is still “a firm believer in Tesla, its mission, and the exceptional Autopilot team.”

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