$TSLA: Cutting 200 Jobs In Autopilot Div.

CNBC Headline: Tesla is cutting about 200 Autopilot jobs and closing office in San Mateo, California


Tesla, which has yet to deliver on its promise of robotaxi technology, previously moved a number of its Autopilot data employees to its location in Palo Alto, California. The company has also been hiring and training data annotation teams in Buffalo, New York. Some San Mateo office employees had trained the teams in Buffalo, the staffers said.

The typical data annotation job at Tesla involves identifying and describing objects in short clips that were captured by cameras and sensors on Tesla vehicles. Data labelers sometimes need to identify overlapping objects, like a wheel in front of a curb or a pedestrian obstructing the full view of a stop sign. They’re rated on how many clips they can accurately annotate over short periods of time.


One employee told CNBC that much of the staff in San Mateo had expected to be moved to Palo Alto or to another office, but not to lose their jobs.

Musk needs to readjust his “Super Bad” antenna. Back at the ranch, there are not enough desks, parking spots, or good enough WiFi for all the returning ranch hands whose jobs of WFH ended per Elon Galt. Nothing says respect for employees like a game of Musical Desks or Musical Parking Spots:

Tesla reportedly doesn’t have enough desks after Musk threatens to fire remote employees

Even if they could sit down, the Wi-Fi signal was too weak to work

By Emma Roth Jun 27, 2022, 11:19am EDT


After Tesla CEO Elon Musk commanded remote employees to return to work or else lose their jobs, the company was reportedly ill-prepared to welcome back its workers. According to a report from The Information, employees arrived at Tesla’s Fremont, California facility only to find a lack of parking spots, no desk to sit at, and crappy Wi-Fi (where’s Starlink when you need it?).

Musk clearly didn’t think this one through.

Tesla’s headcount has doubled since 2019, The Information notes, now sitting at 99,210 people. Earlier this month, Musk cited excess hiring and a “super bad feeling” about the economy as reasons for a hiring freeze and company-wide layoffs that reportedly includes both salaried and hourly workers.

AutoPilot takes a Tesla down a one-way street the wrong way. Maybe he needs to fire all his A/P FSD engineers? This is bad as I do remember a video from last year (as this author mentions), same street, and the driver had to fight to regain control of his steering wheel so as to not run into a barricade.