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Autonomous Vehicles

Elon Musk Gets Even More Hands-On With Autopilot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is getting even more hands-on with the company’s Autopilot team that works on its semiautomated highway driving software. Tesla has let go of several engineers within that team, according to Electrek, and others have reshuffled from reporting to the team’s leaders to answering directly to Mr. Musk.

Stuart Bowers, who Mr. Musk hired away from Snap to serve as essentially a chief operating officer for Autopilot, appears to have been demoted, according to Electrek. The Information highlighted Mr. Bowers’ role in an article describing the dynamics of the Autopilot team last year. 

It’s an understatement to say Tesla has high turnover. (Here’s some backstory, in case you missed it.) Last fall, we outlined how an unusually large number of executives report to Mr. Musk. People are fleeing the company’s board. Meanwhile, Tesla has some financial challenges. Now Mr. Musk is directly managing even more engineers. How much more can he alone handle?


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