Elon Musk Confirms Tesla is Working on Custom Hardware for Autopilot

James Marshall
December 8, 2017

Musk confirmed the company has a team hard at work developing its own AI chips, which future Teslas will depend on in place of the Nvidia units now used in the automaker's all-electric vehicles. His guest was Telsa's VP of hardware Jim Keller, who was a chip architect at AMD.

Musk made the comments during a talk at a company party last night. "Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world", Musk reportedly said, referring to Jim Keller, Tesla's vice president of hardware.

This would be quite a lofty goal for the electric vehicle manufacturer: the current self-driving capabilities of Tesla's Autopilot sit around Level 2, leaving a long way to go to get to Level 5 autonomy in just a couple of years.

Right now Tesla uses Nvidia chips, but Musk clearly thinks he has the inside track.

Musk predicted self-driving cars would hit the streets in the next two years.

CNBC reported on Tesla's AI chip effort in September.

And in terms of his arrogance, this could be considered deserved, after all, Tesla is considered one of the most innovative companies on the planet, with Musk held considered one of the world's most prominent entrepreneurs.

Earlier this year, Musk joined more than 1,200 artificial intelligence researchers in pledging support for 23 principles that they hope will protect mankind from machines and ensure the development of AI that is beneficial to humanity.

At Thursday's event, Musk acknowledged both the threat and possibilities of artificial intelligence, saying that though he may have sounded "the alarm bell again and again" he believes "there are a lot of ways that AI can be useful short of being god-like".

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