Exit stylish – Automatic Pilot Boss Andrej Karpathy leaves

Exit stylish – Automatic Pilot Boss Andrej Karpathy leaves


Andrei Karpathy

The 35-year-old has been with Tesla since 2017 and is responsible, among other things, for internal automation to be able to identify his surroundings.

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New York Elon Musk is currently being accused in the US media daily, mainly because of a drama about the Twitter hijacking that was first announced and then deleted again. The head of the electric car manufacturer Tesla really has the biggest problem.

On Thursday night, Andrej Karpathy, one of the key experts behind Tesla’s driver support system, announced that he was leaving the company. That’s not good news for Musk: The billionaire has been promising the full launch of in-house experiments “this year” for years – which, among other ads, are aimed at justifying Tesla’s high value. The departure of Karpathy raises doubts about this again.

Karpathy explained that he wanted to spend more time on technical work related to artificial intelligence (AI) development. The 35-year-old has been with Tesla since 2017 and is responsible, among other things, for internal automation to be able to identify his surroundings. To date, the system is unreliable.

Karpathy has already completed a four-month Sabbath. His departure follows the closure of Tesla’s office in San Mateo, California, where 229 employees accused of improving motor vehicle testing for image content were fired in a recent layoff, CNBC reported. Karpathy, the official “Senior AI Director” at Tesla, worked at the former corporate headquarters in Palo Alto.

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After a stint at Google and a doctorate at Stanford, he worked for AI OpenAI, which Musk introduced, from 2016 before moving to Tesla in 2017. “It has been my great pleasure to help Tesla achieve its goals in the last five years,” Karpathy wrote. “During that time, Autopilot has evolved from an exit warning system to an inland city system.” Musk thanked Karpathy on Twitter.

The departure follows a long line of changes at the helm of the Autopilot team, which is struggling to achieve Musk’s goals.

Tesla relies on a special way to drive freely, which, unlike the competition, just passes by the camera. Their images are evaluated and interpreted by AI – similar to a human driver who can only rely on his eyes. Musk believes in the technique and rejects the installation of additional systems, such as radar or laser sensors. However, experts see this as dangerous. U.S. regulators are also increasingly becoming critics.

According to U.S. regulator data released in June, Tesla vehicles have been responsible for nearly 70 percent of all reported crashes involving advanced driver assistance systems since June 2021. However, regulators said the data was incomplete.

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