The Internet is a-twitter with gossip that Google just poached one of the leaders of Tesla’s autonomous driving program.
This is surprising, given the personal emphasis Elon Musk recently put on building out the autonomous driving team.
Nonetheless, I wouldn’t make too much of it, other than to say that competition is healthy.
There are a limited number of real experts in autonomous driving, and their value will get bid up by the relatively large number of companies currently trying to build autonomous driving systems.
Where the real value lies is in creating more engineering talent in this space. To that end, Elon Musk’s Tweet that autonomous driving experience is “not required” is great. He might even be able to hire engineers at below-market wages, just for the educational benefit of working on Tesla’s autonomous driving team.
Originally published at www.davidincalifornia.com on December 2, 2015.