Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, in a series of tweets, has announced how serious Tesla is to bring in great minds together to work on their AI-related projects.
Although the neural networks for computer vision models were written in Python, he added, the Tesla team would need people with excellent coding skills, especially in C and C++.
This emphasis on C and C++ has raised a few eyebrows, since Python right now sits atop the AI world and suggesting any other language in an AI focused environment amounts to heresy.
While some folks will read much into this, I think the answer boils down to two words: embedded systems.
In order for Tesla to make the kinds of cars it wants to, they are going to need build embedded systems. This is the type of environment where C/C++ still reigns supreme.