Kia Kokalitcheva Jan 11, 2017
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Hot in Silicon Valley: Tesla poaches from Apple, Plouffe to Facebook

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Tesla hires one of Apple's top software guys

Elon Musk's car company has hired Chris Lattner to lead its Autopilot software team—a big hire as Lattner is credited with creating Apple's mobile programming language, Swift.

Irony: Musk once called Apple "a Tesla graveyard," adding, "If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple."

Tesla's clear message: Its Autopilot software is top priority.

  • Tesla made its name as an electric car company, but autonomous cars are its ultimate goal.
  • Its Autopilot software is a critical part of its self-driving technology, and Tesla has chosen an expert who has developed something as fundamental as a programming language.