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Tesla Autopilot Chief to Depart, Adding to Upheaval in Executive Ranks

  • Andrej Karpathy led work on Tesla’s driver-assistance system
  • Analyst calls carmaker’s self-driving effort a ‘show-me’ story
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WATCH: Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s top AI executive and an architect of its Autopilot self-driving system, is planning to depart. Ed Ludlow reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Tesla Inc.’s top artificial intelligence executive and a key figure behind its driver-assistance system Autopilot is leaving the electric-car maker after a months-long sabbatical.

Andrej Karpathy, who joined Tesla in 2017, announced his departure in a series of tweets Wednesday. He was senior director of AI and led the Autopilot computer-vision team that’s tried for years to render the company’s cars capable of driving autonomously.