Google Robotics Brings Aboard Former Tesla Engineer

A former autopilot engineering manager at Tesla Motors is the latest Silicon Valley talent to move on to work for a competing company. According to his recently updated LinkedIn profile, Robert Rose is now a software engineer with Google Robotics.

Rose's move is just the latest of many occurring between tech firms battling to lead in computing, machine learning, self-driving cars and other innovations. Companies that have experienced employee churn, especially among engineers, in recent years include Apple, Tesla and Google.

While Google, like Tesla, is working to develop autonomous vehicle technologies, it's not clear what project the company has hired Rose (pictured above) to work on. In his previous position at Tesla, he was in charge of the car company's Autopilot team for automated driving capabilities.

Veteran of Vicarious, SpaceX

Rose had worked at Tesla for only six months, but he was previously employed at SpaceX, another company founded by Tesla Motors' co-founder Elon Musk. Starting as a software engineer at SpaceX in 2009, Rose went on to serve as the company's director of flight software for more than three-and-a-half years.

Before moving over to Tesla in May, Rose had spent nearly a year as a software engineer at Vicarious, a San Francisco startup working on artificial intelligence. Vicarious' investors include Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel, who co-founded PayPal with Musk and Max Levchin.

Tesla released its Autopilot update in October right around the time Rose departed the company. The driving automation software enables Tesla's Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes at the touch of a turn signal and manage speeds with traffic-aware cruise control.

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