It has been revealed that US electric vehicle (EV) giant Tesla has closed its office in San Mateo, California, and has fired about 200 employees involved in the driving support system “Autopilot.” Officials have revealed.
It seems that the aim is to accelerate cost reduction. Most of the dismissed employees were hourly workers.
The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, said this month that he had a “very bad impression” of the economy and needed a 10% reduction in headcount. He then explained that he would reduce salaried workers by 10%, but “more hourly employees. “
“Tesla is clearly in a massive cost-cutting mode,” said Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. It’s likely to indicate that the second quarter was very tough due to supply chain issues. “
At the San Mateo office, many employees were engaged in “data annotation” work, labeling various footage collected from Tesla vehicles and teaching autopilot how to handle road scenarios.