NVIDIA corrects Musk’s math in self-driving supercomputer showdown

24 April, 2019, 14:54 | Author: Frank Williams
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The company said during the presentation that the Full Self-Driving hardware offered 144 TOPS of processing power, and Tesla said in a tweet that it "houses 6 billion transistors and is capable of processing up to 2300 frames per second - a 21x improvement over previous gen hardware".

These are all extremely serious issues that must be addressed, yet Tesla has apparently given many of them little, or even no, consideration.

All this being said, Musk's tall predictions come right before its quarterly earnings report, which is expected to be below expectations as the company has had a disappointing few months of vehicle sales.

Musk said Tesla began developing full self-driving technology in 2016 with the idea of launching a ride-share service.

Tesla itself, as well as analysts, expect a loss for the quarter, after vehicle deliveries in Q1 slumped by 31 percent from the previous quarter, ending well below analyst estimates. It's unclear if older Tesla cars could be upgraded with new computers. Meanwhile comparing a single Xavier to the two Tesla chips inside the EV's Full Self-Driving Computer is incorrect.

Waymo rolled out a ride-hailing service using self-driving vehicles late previous year in the Phoenix area, but it only available to a small pool of passengers who were previously enrolled in a test program.

California, Tesla's biggest USA market, requires proof that fully autonomous cars can drive safely on public roads, but most other states aren't as stringent.

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The network allows vehicles to recognize images, determine what objects are and figure out how to deal with them. For one, trashing LIDAR, until now an integral part in the visual arsenal of a self-driving auto, has not gone down well within the autonomous landscape, as virtually every frontrunner in the niche is using LIDAR to good success.

Chief executive Elon Musk said the new custom-designed chip, which he called the best available, was a significant milestone in self-driving. "They are great consumer vehicles with really good driver-assist technology".

Adding fuel to the fire, Tesla held its first-ever Autonomy Investor Day yesterday, where it unpacked the hardware and software underpinning its Autopilot and Full Self Driving solutions. But questions already have been raised about Autopilot's reliability after its involvement in three fatal crashes.

'You could have your vehicle operate 1/3 of the week or longer. These vehicles now include safety drivers or engineers at the controls.

Peter Bannon, Tesla's director of silicon engineering, had far more detail about the custom GPU. Later this year, the cars will be able to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs and drive automatically on city streets, the website says.

'Once regulators are comfortable with us removing the steering wheel we'll delete that'.



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