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Elon Musk ‘ramping up’ Tesla’s self-driving car efforts

In the race to dominate our self-driving future, Tesla has kicked it up a gear.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is “ramping up” its autonomous Autopilot software team.

Musk revealed that Tesla is now recruiting “hardcore software engineers” to further its efforts in the field.

Posting to Twitter, he described the new recruitment drive as “a super high priority”:

https://twitter.com/statuses/667516705116065792

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The fact that Musk is interviewing candidates himself shows that Tesla is taking self-driving very seriously.

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But it’s no surprise that Tesla wants to knuckle down with autonomous driving; we’re expecting to see plenty of competition in the space.

Notable rivals include Google, which has long been developing a self-driving car, and Apple, which is widely rumoured to be planning an entry into the autonomous EV market.

How far away are we from a self-driving future? Let us know in the comments.

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