Tesla is close to setting up a large office in Silicon Valley for its artificial intelligence (AI) team. A sign was spotted bearing the address and Tesla’s name on a large office building close Stanford University campus last month. Tesla was coincidentally doing a massive recruitment campaign for IT talent in the area at the time, as Nikkei reports..
Tesla watchers suggest the company is attempting to recruit engineers specialized in artificial intelligence, an emerging area of tech that Tesla could find helpful in its robotics and autonomous driving efforts.
It appears Tesla is trying to snap up engineers laid off by big West Coast tech companies cutting costs by reducing headcount. A high-profile school like Stanford in the area also means a near-steady stream of top talent.
Nikkei spoke with a person with inside knowledge of the real estate company in charge of the building bearing the Tesla sign. The person revealed the caretaker had received a letter of intent from Tesla. However, a concrete agreement had yet to be reached by the end of January.
The building was occupied by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which used it as headquarters until 2019.
Artificial Intelligence has been the preserve of tech companies like Microsoft and Google. However, some EV companies like Tesla are giving them a run for their money. Tesla has a yearly event on AI where it showcases its latest breakthroughs.