Former Apple Developer Quits Tesla

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | | 0 comments »

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A few days ago, news broke that Tesla's latest Autopilot exec Chris Lattner left the company after almost six months on the job.

A source close to the situation tells Business Insider that Lattner loved his job at Tesla, but that he and Tesla CEO Elon Musk didn't get along.

So, after six months of butting heads, the "decision was mutual" for him to leave, this person said. The departure was something between an up-and-quitting and being asked to resign.

Tesla hinted at the latter with its statement confirming Lattner's departure: "Chris just wasn’t the right fit for Tesla, and we've decided to make a change. We wish him the best."

Lattner joined Tesla in January after 11 years at Apple; Tesla is known for poaching Apple engineers. According to one report, it is even hoping to move into Apple's old campus in Cupertino, California, after Apple moves into its new spaceship campus.

Even so, Tesla's poaching of Lattner back in January made headlines. Lattner is famous in the software-development world as the creator of Apple's enormously popular programming language called Swift.

Rumor has it that Musk plans to replace Lattner. The potential candidate is hardware guy, Jim Keller. Keller is a legendary chip architect who once worked for AMD and now "has overall responsibility for Autopilot hardware and software," Tesla says.

Tesla is developing its own Autopilot hardware after chip supplier Mobileye chose not to renew its contract with Tesla some months after a Model S owner died in a fatal accident while Autopilot was activated.

The new hardware requires new software.


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