Tesla dumps Nvidia, will use its own self-driving chips

Tesla dumps Nvidia, will use its own self-driving chips

October 19 - Musk says he expects that by the end of 2017 a Tesla would be able to drive in full autonomous mode from Los Angeles to NY "without the need for a single touch" on the wheel.

The chief executive said the electric vehicle company would have "over a million robotaxis" on the road next year.

Musk said he expected that with Tesla technology, drivers "would not need to touch the wheel" sometime early next year and that he hoped for regulatory approvals in some areas later in 2020.

Meanwhile, drivers can stand to earn $30,000 per year by participating in the Tesla Network, Musk said.

More accurate, NVIDIA suggests, would be to compare Tesla's onboard computer with the DRIVE AGX Pegasus, its own version of such a system.

The two chips each get a copy of the data from the car's various sensors - including cameras, radar, ultrasonics, but not LIDAR which Musk believes is "a fool's errand" - and independently work out how the vehicle should respond.

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Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said Tesla's robotaxi ambition was "impressive", but added that investors will be concerned by "the practicality and financial implications of this endeavor especially with Waymo miles ahead of the autonomous competition". Firstly that was with the viability of electric vehicles, and now it's in autonomous driving technology. "Because in the real world, insane things happen".

Musk's quasi-sales pitch came two days before Tesla is expected to report a disappointing performance for the first three months of the year. "The company's misrepresentation of Nvidia chips, which Tesla previously used, undermined Tesla's message". In 2015 he said full autonomy could be as little as two years away, and suggested that by the end of 2017 a Tesla would be able drive itself across the U.S., from LA to NY.

Still, Nvidia did offer praise for Tesla, saying it had just "raised the bar for self-driving computers". It's like having expensive appendices.

Furthermore, owners will also be able to choose who can borrow their cars and limit their availability to specific times during the day.

While the original reason behind investing in the development of full self-driving technology by Tesla has always been to reduce cognitive demand for drivers, the EV maker has now also confirmed it drives a second goal - a fleet of self-driving electric "robo-taxis" that it wants to have operational by 2020. But in this video, the Model 3 is driving on all sorts of roads, making turns and stopping at traffic lights - all by itself.

Riders would be able to "summon" a auto through Tesla's ridesharing app. And experts say there's no federal law requiring preapproval for fully autonomous driving, as long as a vehicle meets federal safety standards, which Teslas do.

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