A day after Elon Musk suggested that auto-driving Tesla cars might not be sold to the public and could instead be hawked as robotaxis, a report dropped revealing that in recent weeks nearly a dozen Tesla Autopilot engineers had already hit the eject button.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Tesla Engineers: We’ll Drive Ourselves Home
As many as 11 individuals on Tesla’s software Autopilot team departed the company during the past few months, according to The Information, continuing a purge which began when Elon Musk booted the team’s leader in May.
This comes as team members insisted they could not meet Musk’s (over)promise of delivering fully capable self-driving cars in 2020 on both city streets and highways.
These aren’t the first people to bail on Tesla. The company also lost vice presidents across several divisions, as well as executives running the finance, communications, security, and legal divisions.
Too Many Departures Foretell Disaster for Elon Musk
Tesla stockholders and other assorted Elon Musk groupies should not take these departures lightly.
It isn’t unusual to see exits from various divisions and companies. Except those departures are usually spread out over a number of years, particularly with mature firms.
Historically, rapid and bulk flight indicate one of two things: accounting malfeasance or generalized chaos within the company.
We aren’t simply talking about vice presidents and middle managers leaving. Senior management officers from several divisions have jumped ship.
Taking a senior position at Tesla has to be considered a high-profile job. To depart that position suggests that the individual who was recruited no longer feels that their skill-sets are valued in the current business environment.