TEsla's self-pilot chip is already in production, said CEO Elon Musk on Monday. The company's next processor is designed to replace the chips of cars that began commercialization in October 2016. It provides enough power to extract data from existing sensors and allows for complete autonomous, hands-free driving.
"The fully-operating Tesla self-powered computer, currently in production, requires approximately 5% of the computing load for these tasks or 10% with full failover redundancy," said Musk. declared on Twitter, reacting to a video illustrating the recently released "Navigate on Autopilot" feature, which leaves the highway at the correct exit, while requiring drivers to remain alert.
This is a big step forward for the company, which promised that all of Tesla's recent cars would be equipped with autonomous driving. Musk says the "hardware 2" configuration of eight cameras, ultrasonic sensors and GPS is enough to support the existing semi-autonomous autopilot mode and complete autonomous driving at a later date – even though competitors like Waymo opt for systems lidar with depth detection. Musk first announced the chip, which replaces the Nvidia Drive PX 2, during a teleconference in August 2018. In October 2018, he said the chip would be integrated with all new production vehicles. the company in about six months.
The chip is part of a sequel that Tesla calls "Hardware 3." The company was secretly developing the chip for three years at the time of its announcement, with a team led by the creator of the iPhone 5S processor, Pete Bannon. The chip manages the neural network of artificial intelligence at the level "nu-metal".
While the old PX 2 Drive could handle 20 frames per second, Tesla claims that its own chip can process 2,000 images with full redundancy and failover. This redundancy is essential to ensure that the car responds safely by reducing errors.
Nvidia's move to autonomous cars has always been a coincidence, said the company reverse in August 2017. His expertise in video game graphics, which involves solving multiple problems in parallel, is well applied to artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. The Drive PX 2 offers eight teraflops of performance, about six times more than the Xbox One.
"I'm a big fan of Nvidia, they do very good things," said Musk at the unveiling of the chip. "But using a GPU is basically an emulation mode, and then we choked on the bus. Thus, the transfer between the graphics processor and the processor ends up constraining the system. "
Nvidia left the door open for Tesla's return. Jensen Huang, his CEO, said a few days after the announcement: "If this does not happen, no matter the reason, it does not happen for them. [Tesla], you can give me a call and I would be more than happy to help. "Later that month, the company confirmed reverse that he was still working with Tesla.
Tesla sells the semi-autonomous autopilot mode at a price of $ 3,000 at the time of purchase of the car or $ 4,000 after. Complete self-driving costs $ 5,000 more if purchased at the time or $ 7,000 thereafter. Musk claims that the chip will be included in these costs. Where, originally, the highest package was a pre-order for the promised features, Tesla now sells the "stand-alone mode" in the form of a package including features such as "Navigate Autopilot" Even though these features require special attention.
It's unclear when Tesla will be able to offer hands-free driving without contact. The company had originally planned to complete a standalone campaign from one ocean to another by the end of 2017, but this one was dropped to focus on the development of the company. 39, a more general solution. Anthony Levandowski claimed in December 2018 that he had achieved this feat before Tesla.
In February, Musk suggested that full autonomy would be safe enough by the end of next year. This is even faster than companies such as Volkswagen, which expects autonomous cars to arrive by 2021, and ARM, which predicts that the 2024 will be more realistic.
If Musk is right, however, this month's revelation could be the moment when the feature film took a big step towards reality.