Ashok Elluswamy Wiki, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Ashok Elluswamy

Ashok Kumar Elluswamy is an Indian-born software engineer. It has been associated with Tesla for more than eight years (as of 2021). Ashok was the first person to be hired for the autopilot team at US-based electric vehicle power company Tesla.

Wiki / Bio

Ashok attended College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Chennai, to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication (2005-2009). He also has a master’s degree in Robotics Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2012-2013).

Physical appearance

Height (approx.): 5 ′ 7 ″

Hair color: Black

Eye color: Black


Fathers and brothers

Not much is known about his parents and siblings.

Wife and sons

Ashok is married and has a daughter.

Ashok Elluswamy with his wife and daughter

Ashok Elluswamy with his wife and daughter

Ashok Elluswamy with his daughter

Ashok Elluswamy with his daughter


Ashok began his career in 2010 as a software engineer at WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (an American provider of electronic brakes, stability, suspension, and transmission automation systems for heavy commercial vehicles) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. At WABCO, he worked on brake actuation modules to establish real-time performance guarantees for the actuators. Ashok also worked on the development and validation of on-board and off-board diagnostic software for the vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit. He worked there until 2012 and then joined the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab, Belmont, California, as a research fellow.

Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory, Belmont

Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory, Belmont

In 2014, Elluswamy joined the US electric vehicle power company ‘Tesla’ as a software engineer for its Autopilot division. In June 2016, he was promoted to the position of Senior Software Engineer at the company. Subsequently, he rose through the ranks to become a senior staff software engineer. In 2019, Ashok was named director of Tesla’s autopilot division. As director of Autopilot, Ashok oversees the autonomy software team and the creation of large-scale automated ground truth pipelines to train neural networks with massive amounts of diverse, high-quality data. Elluswamy is also tasked with developing an accurate and detailed geometric and semantic understanding of the world using the best of engineering and machine learning models.



Facts / Trivia

  • Ashok is fluent in four languages: Hindi, English, Tamil, and Telugu.
  • John Dolan, Elluswamy Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, while praising Ashok on his LinkedIn account, wrote:

    Ashok was one of my top students during 2012-13 in the Master’s Course in Robotic Systems Development Projects at Carnegie Mellon University. He showed excellent initiative in learning a wide variety of topics useful for his Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot project, in particular stereo vision, motion planning, and various software packages required for implementation. Ashok is a continual learner and has a lot of energy and motivation. “

  • In 2021, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, revealed through a tweet that Ashok was the first employee to be hired for the autopilot team of his electric vehicle company. He said,

    I tweeted that Tesla is about to launch an autopilot kit. Through that tweet, Ashok was the first to be selected on the autopilot team. “

    He further said,

    Ashok is actually the chief engineer for autopilot. ”

  • As of 2021, he resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.