Elon Musk advertises for 'hardcore engineers' on Twitter as Tesla ramps up Autopilot project

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Elon Musk is hunting for ‘hardcore engineers’ to help develop Tesla’s autonomous vehicle project on Twitter.

The entrepreneur and Tesla chief executive said in a post on the social network that candidates need not have experience with automobiles.

Nerves of steel may be required, however, as those who make it through to the interview stage with face Musk himself on the other side of the table.

Musk added that the project, dubbed Autopilot, is “super high priority”, with the successful applicants reporting directly to him once they come on board.

Interested individuals just have to send an email to the company and include a link to their work.

The company has declined to comment on how many engineers it may hire or its future plans for them, according to the Huffington Post.

But the urgency of Mr Musk’s could signal that the company is getting ready to launch a self-driving mobility service similar to the one currently build by taxi-hailing app Uber, the publication reported.

Tesla launched Autopilot last month. Currently, its software doesn’t take complete control of the vehicle but allows it to steer, scan for a parking space and manoeuvre into it under certain conditions.

Tesla, which this month unveiled its Model X SUV, has been the US pioneer in luxury electric cars powered by batteries.

Its expertise in software has made it a leader in self-driving features, which traditional carmakers have been slower to develop.

Musk estimated that within three years, cars will be able to drive “from your driveway to work without you touching anything” – but regulatory approval could take years.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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November 20, 2015 |
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