An interesting personnel reshuffle has taken place recently in Tesla Motors' autonomous driving program.

According to Bloomberg, Autopilot head Sterling Anderson has departed after more than a year at Tesla (since November 2015).

Tesla Autopilot - Autosteer

Tesla Autopilot - Autosteer

"Tesla didn’t announce Anderson’s departure, which was confirmed by the person who asked not to be identified because the change wasn’t made public. Anderson didn’t respond to a request for comment."

On the other hand, it would seem the "talent war" with Apple has continued in Anderson's wake, as Chris Lattner (Apple’s Swift development leader) has since joined Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Software.

And Tesla welcomed Chris with a blog post - so they must be pleased with the acquisition of new talent:

Welcome Chris Lattner

Tesla's new self driving hardware/360 degree vision to allow for Level 5 autonomy in the future (think ~2018 ish)

Tesla's new self driving hardware/360 degree vision to allow for Level 5 autonomy in the future (think ~2018 ish)

We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software. Chris’s reputation for engineering excellence is well known. He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms and one of the fastest growing languages for doing so on Linux. Prior to Apple, Chris was lead author of the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, an open source umbrella project that is widely used in commercial products and academic research today.

As Chris joins Tesla, we would like to give a special thanks to Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software, who has been serving a dual role as the interim Vice President of Tesla Autopilot Software and will now be heading back to SpaceX full-time. We would like to thank Jinnah for the efforts needed to achieve excellence in both roles, David Nister, our Vice President of Autopilot Vision, and the team for their exceptional work in advancing Autopilot.

We are very excited that Chris is joining Tesla to lead our Autopilot engineering team and accelerate the future of autonomous driving.


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