Tesla’s Robert Rose was quietly hired by Google just after another leading engineer in Tesla’s ranks left for Apple. Tesla’s loss, Google’s gain may translate into a brilliant addition to Google’s self-driving car project department. Robert Rose came to Tesla in May.
Under Elon Musk’s wing he joined the company’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving technology. With great success as Rose spearheaded the launch of the v7.0 software featuring with Tesla’s Model S vehicles.
A LinkedIn profile can tell much about a person. For instance that Tesla’s Robert Rose was quietly hired by Google. It’s still unclear what Rose’s role with Google is, but it would be safe to assume that he occupies a valued position with Google’s self-driving car project.
Robert Rose’s LinkedIn profile states he is working with Google Robotics as a software engineer, but doesn’t go into the specifics. Rose is clearly not attached to the Boston Dynamics rather autonomous team under the Google mothership. Typically, those with the Boston Dynamics team still refer to the employer as Boston Dynamics rather than Google or Google Robotics.
However, those intimate with Google’s self-driving car project typically write down ‘robotics software engineers’ in their LinkedIn profile. Sufficient clues? Not nearly enough, but enough to make an idea of what Robert Rose could be spinning within Google.
Google has repeatedly stated that at no point in the future will the tech giant create a self-driving car. However, the technology it is developing would benefit established automakers. The technological platform is already quite advanced and many would indeed be lucky to join forces with the dedicated Google team working on Google’s self-driving car project.
In September, Google also welcomed John Krafcik as the chief executive of Google’s self-driving car project. Quite possibly, Robert Rose was recruited by John Krafcik to join the team after working on Tesla’s similar venture, as well as for Space X.
Earlier, Jamie Carlson, also working with Tesla from the position of senior engineer to join Apple. Headhunting talent in this scene seems to become the way to do things.
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