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NRI Ashok Elluswamy was first employee to be hired for
Tesla's Autopilot team: Elon Musk

Los Angeles, Jan 04, 2022 A.Gary Singh

Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tesla, recently revealed that an engineer of Indian origin was the first recruit for Tesla Autopilot.

Ashok Elluswamy, who is now the director of Autopilot Software at Tesla, was hired after Musk put out a tweet looking for candidates for the autopilot team. Elluswamy has been associated with the company for eight years.

Ashok was the first person recruited from my tweet saying that Tesla is starting an Autopilot team!” Musk said on December 29, in response to a snippet shared on Twitter from one of his interviews.

  • Ashok Elluswamy earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from the College of Engineering, Guindy in Chennai. (Image posted on LinkedIn by Ashok Elluswamy)