Tesla’s head of Autopilot leaves, ex-Apple exec to succeed

The head of its low-voltage hardware, Autopilot software and infotainment, is leaving the automaker to focus on microprocessor engineering with another company,Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc said on Thursday Jim Keller.

Pete Bannon, who has been with Tesla for over two years and has previously overseen Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Inc‘s A5 chip develop through to the A9 chip, will succeed Keller, a Tesla spokeswoman told Reuters in an emailed statement.

While Intel was not immediately available for comment on the WSJ report,  Keller will be joining Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC), the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. Tesla declined to comment on this.

The spokeswoman said : Separately, Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s director of AI and Autopilot vision, will now have overall responsibility for all Autopilot software within the company.

Earlier this month, Tesla withdrew as a formal party to the National Transportation Safety Board’s probe into a fatal March 23 crash in California in which the semi-autonomous “Autopilot” driving system was in use, before the board revoked its status.

Driver Walter Huang’s death in the crash and vehicle fire in a Tesla Inc Model X near Mountain View, California, prompted investigations by the NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NTSB has three pending probes into Tesla crashes./reuters.com

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