The manager of the Tesla Autopilot program goes to Intel after two years under Musk
By: Fedora Atjeh | April 27, 2018
|The manager of the Tesla Autopilot program goes to Intel after two years under Musk|
Jim Keller is well known in the technological world for developing, among many other technologies, the cores of the K7 and K8 processors. He went through Apple, AMD and Tesla, where he has been until now hardware chief in Artificial Intelligence. The Californian company has reported that the microprocessor guru leaves Tesla and goes to Intel. In February, the sales manager announced his departure to Lyft.
The struggle of firms to have the best
At first, the departure of Keller may sound like a 'consequence' after the recent fatal accidents in which the autonomous technology has been involved (although Tesla has always defended his Autopilot); developing microprocessors on computers will not kill anyone. However, Intel has its own autonomous driving business after completing the purchase of MobileEye for 13,000 million this summer.
Keller supervised the low-voltage hardware, the Autopilot software and the infotainment system for a little over two years. According to Tesla, the microprocessor engineer goes to a company "where you can focus on this exclusively".
Meanwhile, the director of Artificial Intelligence, Andrej Karpathy, will have to start taking on more responsibilities, and Pete Bannon, who co-directed the development of Apple's A5 and A9 chips, will take Keller's place in the Autopilot area.
It seems that Tesla is working on developing its own chips with an extensive team of engineers from other companies, such as Nvidia, in a race without truce to get positioned in a predominant place. But Tesla part with the advantage that, while it continues to develop its hardware, tens of thousands of beta testers do kilometers with the latest versions of Autopilot.
But Keller's is not the only important exit. In February, the president of sales and services of the company since 2016, Jon McNeill, left his post and went to Lyft as director of operations