Leadership change at Tesla's Autopilot
Leadership change at Tesla's Autopilot. The head of Tesla's Autopilot is departing for Intel, adding new turmoil to a key program for the automaker that is already beset by executive departures, production goals and safety questions. Jim Keller will be replaced by Andrej Karpathy,
who will take responsibility for Autopilot software, and Pete Bannon, a former Apple chip executive, who will lead Autopilot hardware. The team running Autopilot - Tesla’s assisted-driving system - has experienced turnover amid a fierce war for the engineering talent needed to develop autonomous vehicles. Read more here.
Tesla's Autopilot synopsis
Autopilot was first offered on October 9, 2014, for Tesla Model S, followed by the Model X upon its release. Autopilot was included within a "Tech Package" option. At that time Autopilot features included semi-autonomous drive and parking capabilities. Initial versions of Autopilot were developed in partnership with the Israeli company Mobileye.Tesla and Mobileye ended their partnership in July 2016.
In October 2015, Tesla released Autopilot version 7.0 to its customers. In December 2015, Tesla announced that it will remove some self-driving features to discourage customers from engaging in risky behavior. Autopilot Firmware 7.1 made those changes and includes remote parking technology known as Summon that can park and can bring the car to the driver without the driver in the car.
On August 31, 2016, Elon Musk announced Autopilot 8.0, that processes radar signals to create a coarse point cloud similar to Lidar to help navigate in low visibility conditions, and even to 'see' in front of the car ahead.Autopilot, as of version 8, uses radar as the primary sensor instead of the camera.In November 2016, Autopilot 8.0 was updated to have a more noticeable signal to the driver that it is engaged and it requires drivers to touch the steering wheel more frequently, otherwise Autopilot will turn off. By November 2016, Autopilot had operated actively on hardware version 1 vehicles for 300 million miles (500 million km) and 1.3 billion miles (2 billion km) in shadow mode
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