Autopilot: Tesla lays off 200 people

Electric vehicle maker Tesla has closed an office in San Mateo, California, cutting around 200 positions, multiple US media reported. Contacted by AFP, Tesla did not immediately confirm this information. The affected employees were working on analyzing data from the Autopilot driver assistance system. Most of them were hourly paid employees, Bloomberg said.

According to the specialized site TechCrunch, the 81 members of the San Mateo team who have retained their position will be transferred to Buffalo, New York. The whimsical boss of Tesla, Elon Musk, said last week during an intervention at an economic summit in Qatar that 10% of the full-time jobs of his group would be cut in the next three months, but that the number of employees paid by the hour would increase.

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Elon Musk also said in a recent interview with a Silicon Valley Tesla Owners Club that the automaker’s new manufacturing plants in Austin, Texas, and Berlin, Germany, were “burning a gigantic amount of cash.” , causing the group to lose billions of dollars. Tesla had nearly 100,000 employees worldwide at the end of 2021.

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