Tesla will open a large office in central Silicon Valley, where the company is conducting a major IT talent recruitment campaign, according to the Nikkei News. The new office is said to be designed to help Tesla accelerate the development of self-driving and artificial intelligence technologies.
Tesla posted more than 700 job ads on its website late last month for positions in Nay Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, including 423 for technical and IT positions, and 74 for autonomous driving and robotics jobs.
The move suggests that Tesla is working hard to hire AI engineers – after all, artificial intelligence is a fundamental capability essential to developing Tesla’s robotics and self-driving technology.
According to Nikkei, Tesla’s hiring campaign seems to have come at the right time, as it coincides with a number of large tech companies that are laying off employees at this stage, thus exporting a large pool of AI talent to the community.
Nikkei reached out to the real estate company behind the office. A spokesperson said it had received a letter of intent from Tesla, but as of the end of January had yet to reach an agreement with the electric car maker. Tesla reportedly appears to be planning to lease 29,700 square meters of office space.
It’s worth noting that the building is home to HP’s HPE corporate headquarters until 2019, and Tesla leased part of the building currently located next to the former HPE offices from HP in the fall of 2021, with about 30,000 square meters of office space where Tesla teams are currently developing technologies like Optimus humanoid robots and Dojo.
As a follow-up, Tesla moved its headquarters to Texas in 2021, but is still hiring cutting-edge talent at its original Palo Alto, California headquarters. Musk has said that new products and services using artificial intelligence, including self-driving cars and humanoid robots, are “Tesla with orders of magnitude and potential market capitalization gains.