Tesla's Autopilot Ambitions Just Took Another Big Hit

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There has not yet been a formal announcement by Intel or Keller, and Tesla did not mention the chipmaker specifically.

Keller is a veteran of AMD (amd) and Apple (aapl), having designed the hit Athlon and Ryzen processors for the former and the A4 and A5 chipsets for the latter. Prior to Tesla, he served as corporate vice president and chief cores architect at AMD, where he led the development of the Zen* architecture.

Tesla Inc said on Thursday Jim Keller, the leader of its low-voltage equipment, Autopilot programming, and infotainment is leaving the automaker to center around chip building with another organization. According to The Wall Street Journal, that company appears to be Intel.

Now that Kelly has left, another Apple alum, Pete Bannon, will lead Tesla's Autopilot hardware ambitions and efforts.

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Tesla's Autopilot Ambitions Just Took Another Big Hit

Driver Walter Huang's passing in the crash and vehicle fire in a Tesla Inc Model X close Mountain View, California, provoked examinations by the NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is the third major shakeup in Tesla's Autopilot team in just over a year - Jim took over from predecessor Chris Lattner only in June 2017, while Autopilot Program Director Sterling Anderson quit in January this year to set up his own self-driving auto company. The month before, it was global sales and service chief Jon McNeill, who became Lyft's chief operating officer. In March, Tesla confirmed that two of its top financial executives, Eric Branderiz and Susan Repo, had departed.

Keller, 59, joins Intel from Tesla, where he most recently served as vice president of Autopilot and Low Voltage Hardware. "We appreciate his contributions to Tesla and wish him the best".

Keller brings to Intel more than 20 years of experience in x86 and ARM-based microarchitecture design across a broad range of platforms, including PCs, servers, mobile devices and cars. In addition, the company has promoted Andrej Karapathy, the Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, and will now be in charge of Autopilot's software development.

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