Tesla looks to rebuild Autopilot, self-driving, robotics departments after layoffs

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Tesla is looking to add more employees to its Autopilot, self-driving, and robotics departments after it used widespread layoffs over the past few months to eliminate positions and reserve cash for its short-term business planning.

Tesla started eliminating people from its workforce in April as it downsized to prepare for a downturn in economic conditions.

Finding itself between two growth periods as it prepared to launch the new Robotaxi platform, Tesla had to make tough choices, and over ten percent of its global workforce of roughly 140,000 people was let go.

However, as mentioned in the Elon Musk biography released last year, Tesla’s strategy for layoffs is to let go of people until the company needs to hire some of them back. If there is not enough pain from the layoffs, then not enough people are let go. It has evidently terminated enough employees in its Autopilot & Robotics department, as jobs were listed yesterday:

Tesla’s Autopilot and Robotics group is arguably the most crucial in its business, especially as the company is now preparing for the Robotaxi unveiling on August 8.

With such a groundbreaking and crucial project in the works, it is important to note that this could be the most robust portion of the business, and many firms have this factored into the astronomical price targets.

Tesla also started rehiring some of its Supercharger team earlier this month.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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