Tesla seeking ‘hardcore engineers’

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors, is using Twitter to recruit software engineers in an attempt to accelerate the company’s project to build autonomous cars.

On twitter Mr Musk appealed for ‘hardcore software engineers’ to work on the firm’s Autopilot software. The Tesla boss said he will be interviewing candidates personally.

Successful candidates will report directly to him as the project is ‘super high priority and potential applicants need not have prior experience with cars, Mr Musk tweeted.

The Autopilot software is designed to let the Model S and Model X Tesla cars automatically steer, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic.

‘Ramping up the Autopilot software team at Tesla to achieve generalised full autonomy,’ he said.

The firm’s Autopilot software uses a combination of cameras, radar, sensors and mapping data to found out where it is and navigate.

When the car arrives at its destination, it can scan for a space and park itself.

Other car makers including Toyota, BMW, Volvo and Kia are also currently developing autonomous systems for their cars and are expected to be on the roads by 2020.