– Rumors also have it now that Tesla is currently building its own AI chips .
– A person in a Level 5 autonomous vehicle could take a nap and arrive at their destination feeling refreshed.
AI technology is becoming more and more appealing as technology companies keep embracing the idea and bringing more ways in which the AI can serve the society. Tesla also has taken that advantage to making self driven vehicles, but doesn’t want to end it just there. Reports have it from both The Register and CNBC, that CEO of Tesla Elon Musk was talking up the company’s custom AI chips at machine learning conference NIPS last night, telling attendees that Tesla is “developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world.”
Elon Musk stated – “I wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts, we are developing custom AI hardware chips”. Notably, Elon Musk has made bold claims suggesting that artificial general intelligence, the grand challenge of the field, would be achieved in just five or 10 years. Also he made typically bold remarks about when autonomous driving would arrive. All this must have been difficult for anyone to believe them, yet he brought his plans to reality.
Rumors also have it now that Tesla is currently building its own AI chips before, with a CNBC report in September claiming that the company had more than 50 people working on the project. These include respected industry veteran Jim Keller, who previously worked at AMD and Apple, and who joined Tesla in January 2016 as vice president of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Keller’s hiring was as good an indication as any of Tesla’s intent, but we’ve reached out to the company to try and confirm Musk’s comments, and will update this story if and when we hear back.
AI chips might allow the company to achieve its goal of full autonomy that little bit faster. Looking at the current Tesla Autopilot system which is known as Level 2 Autonomy, allows cars to accelerate, brake, and steer in certain conditions, but the driver must remain aware and ready to take over for the computer at any moment. At level 3, a car can monitor the environment and make changes, but will still notify the driver when it gets confused. At level 4, a vehicle can handle all the driving by itself in certain conditions, and the driver does not need to be involved. Level 5 is the holy grail — a completely autonomous vehicle that can handle all conditions by monitoring and understanding the world around it. A person in a Level 5 autonomous vehicle could take a nap and arrive at their destination feeling refreshed. And this is exactly what Tesla plans to do with a custom AI chip.