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Tesla vice president of legal Al Prescott leaves to join Luminar, a lidar company

Tesla previously lost three general counsels over the course of a year in 2018 and 2019.

  • Tesla's longstanding vice president of legal and acting general counsel, Al Prescott, has left the electric vehicle and renewable energy company to join Luminar, a lidar start-up.
  • For one, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has long insisted that lidar technology, or light ranging and detection sensors, is too expensive and not necessary for development of autonomous vehicles.
  • Prescott's move to Luminar, where he will serve as chief legal officer, is an endorsement of the technology, however. "Luminar has pioneered safety-critical technology that will power our autonomous future.

CNBC.COM23 Apr, 2021

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