Tesla Motors Inc seems to have two major problems. The first problem is that it can’t seem to make its cars as fast as it sells them – you’ll have to wait for at least a year before you can get a Model X. The second problem is that the firm is having trouble hiring new engineers faster than it fires/loses them. 9to5Google reports that Alphabet Inc auto has poached away the brain behind the creation of Tesla’s autopilot and a key player in ELon Musk’s SpaceX.
Tesla Motors cried out about its need for talent to work on its cars about two weeks ago. CEO Elon Musk, took to Twitter to throw open the next round of hiring spree at the firm. He noted that the firm wanted to hire experts in autopilot software as it tries to push the evolution of its driver-assist system to become fully autonomous car systems in the not too distant future. It was noted that Tesla Motors has also lost its fair share of talents to rivals such as Apple and more recently, Faraday Futures.
Robert Rose leaves Tesla Motors
News has it that Google has hired Robert Rose who was the brain behind the creation of Tesla Motors’ autopilot and a key player in Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
He spent 5 years working in SpaceX first Falcon 9 and Dragon flight and he rose to become the director of Flight Software before he joined the autopilot team at Tesla Motors Inc . He led the autopilot team to release v7.0 update. His position at Google is not yet defined but his LinkedIn profile says he is a “Software Engineer” at “Google Robotics”. Alphabet has been pushing its self-driving car project for a public debut by 2020.
From Tesla to Apple to Google, poaching talent is part of the game
To start with, the fastest route to creating the self-driving cars of the future will require full collaboration from all the key players in the market. Tesla Motors knows how to make EVs and it has decent autopilot features. Google has a fleet of full autonomous cars, but it doesn’t have a production plant to scale and it cars still drive slowly at 25mph. Apple is tight-lipped about what it has done in the space, but we can rightly posit that the firm has a handle on design and car infotainment systems.
Since all the players in the self-driving space have refused to work as a team officially; poaching workers the best way to learn from one another without engaging in corporate espionage. Tesla Motors Inc seems to make the loudest noise about the loss of its engineers to rival players in the self-driving car race. Truth be told, Tesla is as guilty of poaching key talent as the other firms are guilty of luring away its workers. Apple steals workers from Tesla, Tesla poaches workers from Apple, and Google has a number of steals to its credit.