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Elon Musk seeks ‘hardcore’ engineers to beef up Tesla’s self-driving car software

Elon Musk seeks ‘hardcore’ engineers to beef up Tesla’s self-driving car software

In three tweets late Thursday, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he’s on the look out for “hardcore software engineers” to “achieve generalized full autonomy” for his line of electric cars.

The latest addition to that line up was the Model X unveiled at the end of September — around the same time Musk told one publication, “If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple.”

Musk has made clear for a while that it will be a software switch he magically turns on that will release an update to existing vehicles to endow them with a self-driving consciousness. But that’s still predicted to be some years away yet — probably at least three.

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“Ramping up the Autopilot software team at Tesla to achieve generalized full autonomy,” Musk tweeted.

“If interested, contact autopilot@teslamotors.com. We are looking for hardcore software engineers. No prior experience with cars required. Please include code sample or link to your work. Should mention that I will be interviewing people personally and Autopilot reports directly to me. This is a super high priority.”

In October, Tesla launched its long-awaited driverless car update in beta as it moves closer to its goal. And earlier this month, the company stole Google’s Jason Wheeler to be its new chief financial officer.

While autopilot won’t take over all control from the driver in all conditions, Tesla envisions it to take over things like steering within lanes, lane changes, speed management, and traffic-aware cruise control.

“Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Your car can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command,” a Tesla blog posting from October said.

Although this is “super high priority” for Tesla, Box chief executive Aaron Levie still found a moment to have some fun with Musk, tweeting back at him, “Are you accepting candidates with only enterprise cloud computing experience? And can I still be CEO of Box?”

That was probably in reference to Jack Dorsey’s dual-CEO role at Twitter and Square. We love it.

Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla ha… read more »

Elon Musk SpaceX is the third company founded by Mr. Musk. Prior to SpaceX, he co-founded PayPal, the world’s leading electronic payment system, and served as the company’s chairman and CEO. PayPal has over twenty million customers in … read more »

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