Tesla lays off 200 Autopilot workers in most recent positions cut: Report
According to CNBC, Tesla is closing its office in San Mateo, California, and eliminating 200 positions there as part of a larger cost-cutting initiative at the electric vehicle manufacturer.
Hundreds of workers at the San Mateo plant were tasked with classifying videos taken from the company's vehicles in order to enhance their driving assistance systems, known as Autopilot. The office closure and job cuts were first covered by Bloomberg.
Two of the affected employees told CNBC on Tuesday that they were aware that Tesla's lease was about to expire. The employees requested anonymity since they were not permitted to comment about the subject.
Tesla already relocated a number of its Autopilot data employees to, Tesla has yet to deliver on its promise of robotaxi technology.
In a move regarded as intensifying cost-cutting, Tesla has closed its office in San Mateo, California and fired about 200 staff who were working on its Autopilot driver-assistant system there, one of the sources told Reuters.
According to that person, hourly workers made up the majority of those who were let go.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, informed top managers earlier this month that the company needs to reduce workers by approximately 10% due to the economy's "very terrible vibe."
Later, the billionaire claimed that only salaried employees would be affected by the 10% reductions and that the number of hourly employees will continue to rise.
According to Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon, "Tesla certainly is in a huge cost-cutting mode."
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