Tesla develops new chip : has it finally cracked full autonomous driving?
Elon Musk stated that this chip will be retrofitted to existing cars as well
To make a car drive by itself, one needs to make the machine think like a human. That means the machine needs to replicate the nervous system of a human which implies the transfer of information through several millions of neurons in a network and Tesla has just tried a hand at that.
Tesla has built a hardware chip that is designed to replicate the human nervous system, making autonomous driving more effective and efficient. Called the Full Self Driving Computer or FSD, the processor which has been developed in-house can perform 50 trillion operations, every second!
Tesla founder Elon Musk stated that as no current chip was designed from scratch while possessing this artificial neural network, the company decided to design and build a software for this processor, by themselves. Previously, Tesla had Nvidia hardware installed for their autopilot systems but with this indigenous venture, the electric car firm will be replacing that with the FSD in an attempt to make the autopilot system more efficient.
The FSD is said to have been applied in the new Model S and Model X, which were in production since March 2019 along with the most affordable sedan the company produces, the Model 3.
If you’ve already bought a Tesla and are now mad at the manufacturer after reading this, don’t be, as the boss has already declared that the electric car company will be retrofitting the FSD into the existing cars as well.
Further, the company claims to have started work on the next generation of this chip which is expected to be three times better than this current one. However, developing that will take a much longer time and we won’t be seeing that processor technology anytime before the next couple of years.
Source : Electrek