Google must really dig what Tesla has been doing with its Autopilot function. The company recently poached Tesla’s Robert Rose, who previously served as an engineering manager responsible for some of the work on the Autopilot project.
According to his profile, however, he only spent 6 months with Tesla Motors before moving to his new gig as a “software engineer” with Google Robotics. It seems like Tesla’s Autopilot feature probably took much longer than just six months, which leads us to believe he may not have been the entire force behind that project. Smart guy, though – he also worked as the director of flight software at SpaceX. Oddly, Google may not even use his talent for its autonomous driving efforts.
Rose now works on Google Robotics, which is a different division from the one that’s working to build Google’s autonomous vehicles. No doubt there’s probably some intelligence sharing as the two programs likely have some overlap, but perhaps we’ll see some of that autopilot tech applied to other things… like crazy fast robot dogs.