Tesla AI CEO Andrey Karpaty announced his departure from the company

Tesla Model S car with autopilot

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Tesla AI and Autopilot chief Andrey Karpaty announced on Wednesday that he is no longer working for the electric car maker.

“It has been a real pleasure helping Tesla achieve its goals over the last 5 years and it’s hard to make the decision to part ways,” Karpathy wrote on Twitter. “At that time, Autopilot moved from lane keeping to city streets, and I look forward to seeing the exceptionally strong Autopilot team continue this momentum.”

He added: “I don’t have specific plans for the future, but I will try to spend more time revisiting my longstanding passions for technical work in artificial intelligence, open source, and education.”

CEO Elon Musk thanked the Karpaty for his work in return.

The group of senior machine learning scientists and engineers reported directly to Karpathy, who recently took a months-long sabbatical from Tesla.

Tesla Cars account for nearly 70% of reported crashes involving advanced driver assistance systems since June 2021 data released last month. Officials cautioned that the data was incomplete and not intended to indicate which automaker’s systems may be the safest.

AT end of 2016Musk promised Tesla fans by the end of 2017 a self-driving car capable of driving from Los Angeles to New York without “the need for a single touch.”

In 2019Musk has raised billions of dollars for Tesla by promising investors that the company will have 1 million taxi-ready vehicles by the end of 2020. In 2019, he also warned investors: “Sometimes I don’t have time, but I understand. Performed. “

To date, the company has not been able to conduct a coast-to-coast demonstration of an autonomous vehicle.

Instead, Tesla offers driver-assistance features such as traffic-aware cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic navigation.

However, even Tesla’s most advanced experimental package, which is being sold in the US as a beta version of a fully autonomous driving system, requires a human driver to remain alert to the road, keep their hands on the wheel, and be ready to take control of the car. any time.

The departure of the Carpathians followed Closing of the Tesla office in San Mateo, Californiawhere data annotator teams helped improve driver assistance technology.

According to the California Department of Employment records, 229 people were fired from this office. Karpathy, who served as senior director of artificial intelligence, worked at Tesla’s former headquarters in Palo Alto, California and reported directly to Elon Musk.

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