Musk said the company was searching for “hardcore software engineers” who will report to him directly in a project he also described as “super high priority”.
The company recently launched a software update for its Model S cars — an update that provided an ‘autopilot’ mode that allowed cars to steer themselves on motorways, change lanes when their user indicates and find a parking spot.
The software engineers Musk is seeking are expected to expand this software, which has collected data intended to make the autopilot function more efficient.
Musk has previously stated that full automation should be available “within five years”, by which time Tesla will be competing with Google, Toyota and other companies to create the first fully-functional commercial self-driving car. Mercedes, BMW, Ford and other companies are also developing self-driving systems.
Tesla’s software will have to dramatically improve before its self-driving software becomes commercially viable — many users have already experienced terrifying near misses when they became too reliant on the Model S autopilot mode.