Tesla is working on an in-house Artificial Intelligence chip to power its self-driving cars in the future, as confirmed by founder Elon Musk.
Elon Musk in talk with CNBC told that “Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world.” Referring to Tesla’s vice president of hardware Jim Keller.
“I wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts. We are developing custom AI hardware chips,” said Musk, according to The Register.
The CEO hasn’t provided details yet about the Tesla’s AI chip, but Keller had earlier hinted that in-house development of the processors could assist the company.
There were some rumors about Tesla working on in-house AI chips for months. Back in September, a CNBC report claimed that Tesla enrolled as many as 50 people for the project. Tesla’s AI project is being spearheaded by the likes of Jim Keller, who has previously worked with technology companies such as AMD and Apple.
The Verge also reported that an in-house AI chip could help Tesla gain supremacy in the self-driving segment where the likes of Apple, Google, and Uber are also aggressively working.
The electric car makers are currently using NVIDIA graphics cards for its self-driving functionality, but in-house designed chips with modified hardware and performance enhancements will mean Tesla’s self-driving cars are nothing short of accurate and safe on roads.
“AI is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” Musk had said.
He has also been critical of AI-based products such as Google Clips. Musk took to Twitter with reference to a video of “Clips” posted by The Verge. “This doesn’t even ‘seem’ innocent,” he commented.