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Tesla Autopilot driver-assistance technology may have just encountered a large speed bump.

This week, the company laid off 200 hourly employees working on its enhanced Autopilot driver assistance feature, shutting down its entire San Mateo, California office. layoff news, first reported Bloomberg on Tuesday and confirmed from TechCrunch, comes out amid a deeper belt tightening at Tesla and during increased attention autopilot by regulators and legislators.

According to Bloomberg, Tesla laid off 200 of the 350 employees in the office, although TechCrunch indicates that the total number of employees in the office is slightly lower at 276. Despite this, both reports claim that the remaining “data annotation” workers will move to other Tesla offices. some of them are likely to make it to the company’s Buffalo, New York office. Most of these employees were reportedly low-wage workers working to analyze Autopilot’s massive collection of real-time driving data through data labeling and other methods.


Tesla did not respond to our request for comment.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has previously mentioned that layoffs at the electric car company are likely, but it was not known if they would come from the Autopilot division, one of the company’s largest divisions. vaunted areas for future growth. Reports earlier this month suggested that Tesla preparation lay off about 10% of the company’s entire workforce, apparently due to Musk’s “super bad feeling” about the economy. Around the same time, Musk reporttedlat ordered all its leaders to impose a moratorium on hiring, drastic change in recent years, when Tesla found himself undergo massive hiring.

While Tesla has so far mostly referred to recent layoffs of its employees as “layoffs,” sources who spoke to TechCrunch on Wednesday, many of them were actually performance-based layoffs.

Prior to these layoffs (or potential layoffs), Musk has spoken emphatically about his belief in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving as integral to Tesla’s future success. Billionaire confirmed this belief this week during an interview with Kilowatts published YouTube.


“The overwhelming focus is on solving the problem of self-driving, that’s important,” Musk said. “It’s really the difference between a Tesla that costs a lot of money and that it costs next to nothing.”


Tesla’s shake-up comes amid regulatory scrutiny of autopilot and a more advanced full self-driving (FSD) feature. In early June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced he significantly expanded his annual the study in Autopilot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided to launch an investigation after repeated reports that Tesla vehicles with autopilot allegedly collided with emergency response vehicles. So far, the NHTSA claims that Tesla, under investigation, were involved in 16 accidents, in which 15 people were injured and one person died. Most recently, Tesla reported far more driver-involved crashes than any other automaker in the first major NHTSA report. accidents involving the driver.

Author: Mac DeGuerin

Source: Gizmodo

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