Tesla hopes high-level personnel changes will help it gain an edge in neural network knowhow for its models’ self-drive features, following the replacement of its Autopilot chief and the appointment of a recent Stanford grad to head its AI and Autopilot vision research.

To that end, Tesla has appointed Andrej Karpathy as director of AI and Autopilot vision. Karpathy hails from OpenAI, a leading AI research institute Tesla CEO Elon Musk co-founded, and he recently earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in deep learning and computer vision.

Tesla also announced yesterday the departure of… more

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