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Tesla’s head of AI and lead developer of Autopilot leaves the company

Andrej Karpathy announced his departure from the corporation on Twitter on Wednesday.

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Tesla’s head of AI and lead developer of Autopilot leaves the company

Tesla’s head of AI, Andrej Karpathy, who was a crucial figure in the creation of Autopilot, the firm’s driver assistance function that needs human supervision, announced his departure from the corporation on Twitter on Wednesday.

In the tweet, Karpathy wrote, “It’s been a great pleasure to help Tesla towards its goals over the last 5 years and a difficult decision to part ways. In that time, Autopilot graduated from lane keeping to city streets, and I look forward to seeing the exceptionally strong Autopilot team continue that momentum.” 

In a subsequent tweet, Karpathy said he has “no concrete plans for what’s next” but wants to revisit “my long-term passions around technical work in AI, open source and education.”

Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, graciously replied to Karpathy on Twitter, suggesting that the departure was amicable. Karpathy said in March that he was taking a vacation to “rest and travel,” but that he expected to return to Tesla this month, according to Bloomberg.

Chris Lattner, a former Apple executive, held the leading AI position for six months until Karpathy joined Tesla in 2017. As AI head, Karpathy oversaw the growth and development of Tesla’s contentious Autopilot driving assistance software. The assistance software which is presently under federal investigation after Teslas using Autopilot collided with parked emergency vehicles.

Karpathy’s resignation followed the layoffs of over 200 Tesla employees who worked on Autopilot.

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