Tesla's Elon Musk Posts Help-Wanted Sign for Autonomous Driving Engineers


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    Tesla's Elon Musk turned to Twitter to get help with his self-driving cars. | September 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk posted a help-wanted sign on Twitter, saying he is seeking engineers interested in working on autonomous driving.
  • "Intense effort underway at Tesla to develop a practical autopilot system for Model S," Musk wrote. "Engineers interested in working on autonomous driving, pls email autopilot@teslamotors.com. Team will report directly to me."
  • The Tesla Motors Web site is advertising a new job for "an advanced driver assistance systems" engineer who will be "part of a team working toward Tesla's vision of fully autonomous vehicles."

PALO ALTO, California — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk posted a help-wanted sign on Twitter, saying he is seeking engineers interested in working on autonomous driving.

"Intense effort underway at Tesla to develop a practical autopilot system for Model S," Musk wrote. "Engineers interested in working on autonomous driving, pls email autopilot@teslamotors.com. Team will report directly to me."

Musk has 385,137 Twitter followers, many of whom are expected to resend the job posting to others.

The Tesla Motors Web site is advertising a new job for "an advanced driver assistance systems" engineer who will be part of a team working toward Tesla's vision of fully autonomous vehicles."

The social-media job posting is the latest indication that Tesla is serious about developing a self-driving version of the Tesla Model S.

The move puts Tesla at the forefront of the autonomous driving movement, alongside Google, which is working on self-driving technology. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are working on similar systems. Nissan said in August that it will debut a fully autonomous car by 2020.

Musk recently told the Financial Times that the idea of creating a car that would control itself under all circumstances was too ambitious.

He said that Tesla was working on a plan that would allow drivers to turn on a form of "auto-pilot" in most situations that would allow the vehicle to take over control.

Edmunds says: More evidence that Tesla's Elon Musk is determined to be a leader when it comes to autonomous cars.

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