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Tesla Announces Job Openings for AI and Autopilot Amidst Staff Cuts

Tesla has announced job openings for Autopilot and AI positions following a round of layoffs. The company's career page currently shows 17 positions in the San Francisco area. Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, envisions it as an AI, robotics, and sustainable energy enterprise.

The company's career page now includes 17 vacancies in the San Francisco region for its "Autopilot & Robotics" section, with an emphasis on technical roles for driver-assistance programmes. In addition, two posts are offered for AI research.

This decision follows a period of massive job layoffs at Tesla, which are estimated to effect approximately 10% of the company's staff and last until June. During this time, the company's recruitment site was largely empty, with only three positions available for a manufacturing development programme in Texas, California, and Nevada.

In addition to the vacancies in Palo Alto, California, Tesla has advertised a few positions in other states for a service centre training programme. These job posts point to a potential shift in Tesla's focus, as CEO Elon Musk has recently underlined the company's commitment to AI, robotics, and renewable energy.

Musk linked the job losses on a drop in electric vehicle sales, which has had a wider impact on the auto sector. As he decreased his team, Musk shifted his focus to the creation of a robotaxi. He now sees Tesla largely as a firm focused on artificial intelligence, robots, and renewable energy.

Prior to the layoffs, Musk voiced worry that competitor OpenAI was aggressively recruiting Tesla engineers. He also mentioned that Tesla had to increase compensation for its AI engineering team, which he described as having over 200 highly skilled engineers.

The new job postings for Autopilot and robotics roles include a wide range of salary estimates, ranging from $104,000 to $360,000 per year. These data are complemented by cash and stock incentives, as well as benefits.

It's worth noting that Tesla already has a product dubbed Full Self-Driving, which requires drivers to maintain their hands on the steering wheel and pay attention to the road. While Musk has long promised completely autonomous driving capabilities, he has conceded that completing the technology has proven more harder than expected.

  • Tesla has posted job openings for Autopilot and AI positions after a series of staff cuts.

  • The company's career page lists 17 openings in the San Francisco area.

  • CEO Elon Musk sees Tesla as an AI, robotics, and sustainable energy company.

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