In late 2017, we got to know that Tesla was trying to engineer its first computer chip for self-driving automobiles, and Elon Musk mentioned in October 2018 that the silicon was a mere six months away. Now — in a rare instance of Elon Musk accurately predicting when a product will launch — Tesla has revealed that the chip will be launched as per schedule.
Musk says it’s been shipping its new Full Self Driving Chip within the Tesla Model X and Model S for over a month now and has been putting it within the model 3 for ten days already.
Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day in Palo Alto, California, the corporate gave the world its first, detailed view at what Musk is now calling “the very best chip on this planet” — a 260sqmm piece of silicon, with 6 billion transistors, that the automobile giant claims offer 21 times the efficiency of the Nvidia chips which were in use before.
The message Tesla’s attempting to pass is that this hardware is objective-constructed to deal with the complete data from the automobile’s sensors far sooner and more effectively than the AI chips it may purchase off the shelf. There are many more prominent, highly effective processors there in the world, and loads of smaller ones too. Tesla itself factors out the general purpose CPU, and GPU elements are neither notably special nor over-engineered.
All of Tesla’s new Full Self-Driving computer boards come with two of the brand new chips for redundancy. It’s merely one of many unnecessary features you’d hope and anticipate finding in situations where you’ll be trusting your life to a pc — you’ll additionally discover excess energy and even redundant calculations where the system compares outcomes from each processor earlier than it steers the automotive. “Any part of this might fail, and the automotive will keep driving,” says Musk. “The chance of this computer failing is considerably lower than somebody losing consciousness — at least an order of magnitude.”
Now, Musk says, each automotive Tesla is producing could have the hardware it wants for full self-driving functionality. It’s not at all times 100% clear what Musk means when he refers to “full self-driving.”