Karpathy’s departure followed Tesla’s decision to close its office in San Mateo, California, at the end of June, Reuters reported. The company laid off roughly 200 employees that were working on its autopilot system there. Some said this was part of Tesla’s effort to cut costs. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been open about his doubts concerning the economy and reportedly told some of his managers that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy. “Tesla clearly is in a major cost-cutting mode,” said Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, according to Reuters. “This (staff reduction) likely indicates that 2Q 2022 has been pretty rough on the company due to the shutdown in Shanghai, raw material costs and supply chain problems.” But despite the financial problems and issues with the autopilot system, Musk told the Financial Times earlier in the year that Tesla might be getting quite close to achieving safe self-driving. “I could be wrong but I think we are actually quite close to achieving self-driving at a safety level that is better than human,” Musk said. ”[W]e’re really not far from it.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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.— Andrej Karpathy (@karpathy) July 13, 2022