Tesla's Autopilot VP is leaving for Intel


Intel, now with Keller and Koduri on board, has already been making great strides in the self-driving-car chip space.

The reason given for the change was that Keller would now be focusing on microprocessor engineering at Intel (and was presumably offered a lot of money to do so).

Pete Bannon, who has been with Tesla for over two years and has previously overseen chips made by Apple, will succeed Keller, a Tesla spokeswoman told Reuters in an emailed statement.

Tesla (tsla) is having issues with making its Model 3 sedan-earlier this month it paused production for the second time, apparently because of an over-reliance on robots.

That Keller left Tesla has been confirmed by the company. At the time, CEO Elon Musk tweeted, "Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake..."

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This is the third major shakeup in Tesla's Autopilot team in just over a year - Jim took over from predecessor Chris Lattner only in June 2017, while Autopilot Program Director Sterling Anderson quit in January this year to set up his own self-driving auto company.

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.

Jim Keller, ex AMD designer and Chief Architect of the ZEN Architecture left AMD roughly a year ago to join Tesla. Intel's announcement says Keller will lead the company's silicon engineering efforts, which include SoC design and integration. "We appreciate his contributions to Tesla and wish him the best".

Tesla also doubled down on its commitment to building its own chips, saying it is "deeply committed" to doing so with plans to "dramatically increase" its investments in chip design.

Keller is a veteran of AMD (amd) and Apple (aapl), having designed the hit Athlon and Ryzen processors for the former and the A4 and A5 chipsets for the latter.

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