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Tesla AI leader Andrej Karpathy announces he is leaving the company

A Tesla Model S car equipped with an Autopilot

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Tesla AI leader Andrej Karpathy announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he no longer works for the electric vehicle maker.

He wrote: “It has been a great pleasure to help Tesla achieve its goals over the past 5 years and a difficult decision to part ways. During this time the autopilot has shifted from lane keeping to city streets and I can’t wait to see the exceptionally strong autopilot the team build on.”

He added, “I don’t have any concrete plans for what’s next, but I’m looking to spend more time revisiting my long-term passions around technical work in AI, open source, and education. “

CEO Elon Musk thanked Karpathy for his work in response.

A team of experienced machine learning scientists and engineers reported directly to Karpathy, who had recently taken a several-month sabbatical from Tesla.

Tesla vehicles have accounted for nearly 70% of reported crashes involving advanced driver assistance systems since June 2021, according to federal figures released last month. Officials warned that the data was incomplete and not intended to indicate which automaker’s systems might be the safest.

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