Tesla Motors, the electric car-making giant, has a new vice president for supervising its Autopilot efforts. The departure of Chris Lattner from the Cupertino-based iPhone maker was reported just recently. At the tech giant, Lattner has worked for eleven years and his chief contribution in the Silicon Valley giant was creating Swift, the most recent programming language of the tech giant.
Tesla excited about Lattner’s ability to help them in autonomous driving
Swift is a programming language that is relatively simpler for beginners to pick up and start using to create new applications for iOS, MacOS and beyond. Before the role of VP of autopilot software was headed by Jinnah Hossein, who is the VP of Software at SpaceX as well. Mr. Hossein was doing a double duty at both SpaceX and Tesla Motors, just like Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, does.
While announcing the move in a blog post, the automaker said that they are excited about Lattner’s ability to assist them in accelerating the future of autonomous driving. History of Lattner includes designing the LLVM compiler and creating the Clang compiler optimization infrastructure. In addition to this, he was a main contributor to the evolution of Objective C as well.
Further, during his time at the iPhone making giant, Lattner worked on the Xcode software development tool of the tech giant. Apparently, the newly selected VP of Tesla’s Autopilot Software builds beautiful raw-edge wood furniture as well. Recently, he posted a picture on the micro-blogging giant, saying that he finished building an 8′ long claro walnut dining table.
The most recent poach from Apple is an important win for the electric carmaker, given Lattner’s expertise and the breadth of his influence on software development. Late in 2016, the automaker announced that all of its electric cars would have all the hardware on board in the future.
Tesla’s director of autopilot programs departs from the automaker
The hardware on board is essential for full autonomous driving capabilities and according to Musk, he is aiming to have a full automated coast-to-coast test drive of Tesla electric car ready by the end of 2017. The new hiring of Lattner could be a huge aid in making those ambitious goals successful in such aggressive timelines (by the end of the year).
According to a source familiar with the matter, Sterling Anderson, who was the director of autopilot programs of Tesla since November 2015, has now left the U.S.-based automaker. Surprisingly, the automaker had made no announcement of Anderson’s departure. Anderson did not respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment.
On Tuesday, the Palo Alto, California-based maker of electric cars announced that it hired Lattner as it VP of autopilot software. In a blog post, the electric-carmaker said the reputation of Chris (Lattner) for engineering excellence is well known.