Tesla Hiring Autopilot Testers

Tesla’s Careers page shows the automaker is recruiting people to test its Autopilot self-driving system in cities around the U.S.

“We are looking for a highly motivated individual to accelerate our vehicle-level testing for all current and future Autopilot features on the path to full self-driving,” the posting says. “The ADAS Test Operator will be responsible to identify improvements and regressions across software iterations. A strong candidate will be objectively focused when making judgments, highly organized with a great attention to detail, and a self-starter.”

Tesla is advertising positions available in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, the Bay Area, Washington D.C., and Miami.

The post outlined the following responsibilities and requirements


  • Survey the local region and design routes with perspective scenarios for Autopilot testing.
  • Design test specs and create judgement criteria using tools such as XRAY.
  • Study and familiarize the latest Autopilot and other relevant vehicle features.
  • Execute real-world testing according to test specifications, as well as providing ad-hoc support for specifically requested scenarios.
  • Analyze test data, triage software issues and abnormal vehicle behaviors using Tesla in-house designed proprietary software tools.
  • Communicate with developers and test engineers, be on-call for questions/comments if necessary.
  • Maintain and document test vehicle condition, coordinate repairs/retrofits as necessary.·       Support any other vehicle engineering testing as needed.


  • Clean driving record and safe driving habits. Good navigation skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and highly observational.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent computer software skills, particularly MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel).
  • Experience working with various operating systems: MacOS, Windows, Linux. Comfortable navigating between files systems, managing data transfers.
  • Command Line Interface experience required.
  • Familiarity with ADAS/Autopilot systems and their sensors.
  • Basic knowledge of vehicle systems and how they work, such as brakes and power assisted steering, is preferred.
  • Must be comfortable driving prototype vehicles during testing that may lack safety features or contain safety risks.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in an extremely fast-paced environment.

Tesla has been promising a fully-autonomous car for years. In October, the company starting rolling out its Full Self-Driving beta to a limited group of owners. Tesla also plans to continue to move away from a radar-based system in favor of a camera-based system for self-driving.


Active Member
Jul 10, 2015
Orange County, CA
Concerning. If I'm reading this correctly, it would seem these hired hands (with NDAs, I'm sure!) will be doing what the city beta testers of 8.x have done.
  • Survey the local region and design routes with perspective scenarios for Autopilot testing.
Seems to suggest that user beta testing occurs after these new employees are onboarded and deliver data to provide for "Autopilot testing." (Note that it does not say FSD.) Looks like we won't see much (other than vision-only functions almost at par with what we've had all along) in the coming weeks.

So city driving looks to be a ways away.