Tesla Loses Its Head Of AI And Autopilot Vision "Andrej Karpathy"

Andrej Karpathy was Tesla's head for AI. He was a key leader in developing Autopilot's driver assistance feature that requires human supervision. 

He announced his resignation on Twitter Wednesday. Karpathy wrote, "It was a great pleasure helping Tesla towards its goals over 5 years and a difficult choice to part ways." 

"In that time, Autopilot moved from lane keeping and city streets to lane keeping, and I look forward to seeing the extraordinarily strong Autopilot team continue that momentum." 

Karpathy added that he had "no concrete plans for where it's going" and that he wants to return to his long-term passions in technical work in AI and open source education.

As CEO Elon Musk responded to Karpathy's tweet, it seems that the departure was amicable. 

According to Bloomberg, Karpathy stated that he was on a sabbatical for "rest and travel" but that he had promised to return to Tesla this month.

Karpathy joined Tesla in 2017 and took over the top AI job from Chris Lattner, an ex-Apple executive. 

Karpathy, as AI chief, has overseen the development and growth of Tesla's controversial Autopilot driver assistance software. 

However, the federal government is investigating the software after Teslas using Autopilot, collided with parked emergency vehicles.

Karpathy's departure comes after close to 200 employees of Tesla were laid off. They are primarily focused on Autopilot.

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