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The Autopilot team at Tesla has lost 229 annotators, company shuttered one of its US location

Updated: Aug 28, 2022

By Hayfa Ashraf


According to a regulatory file in the US state of California that TechCrunch was able to view, Tesla has fired employees from its San Mateo headquarters, which had 276 employees but Tesla's Buffalo Autopilot office may hire the remaining 47 staff members.


Most of the workers were employed in low-paying, fairly low-skilled tasks like Autopilot data labeling, which involved deciding whether Tesla's computer correctly detected an item or not.


Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, announced a 10% decrease in the paid personnel, which included layoffs. Following Musk's statement, Tesla began firing paid staff members, which would result in a 3.5% reduction in the company's overall workforce. More than 100,000 people are employed by Tesla in all of its facilities.

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