Tesla's main vehicle, the Model S Sedan, was originally revealed back in 2009 and has been on the market since 2012 and has almost remained exactly the same since. Other major car makers usually focus on refreshing and changing their models at least every few years, but Tesla doesn't. Tesla focuses on upgrading and changing their technology within a car and believes that is what moves their vehicles. Tesla updates their car software multiple times a year and have added new features on like the summon feature where the car can park itself in a garage or the camper-mode which allows the consumer to sleep in the car with heat.
Tesla’s biggest claim is that one day, all the cars it’s currently building will be capable of full-self driving. So when Elon Musk announced after the company's second-quarter earnings report that Tesla is developing its own computer chips, it was a momentous claim by the car company. Musk's grand reveal led him to boast the company has “the world's most advanced computer designed specifically for autonomous operation.”
Musk says the new silicon is an order of magnitude faster than the chips in their cars now, a product developed by NVIDIA, an industry leader and supplier to at least 20 other robo-car developers. The NVIDIA chips, Musk says, can deal with 200 frames of video per second, from the cameras around the car. (Unlike most other autonomous vehicle developers, Tesla is determined that cameras are enough to perceive the world, and it doesn’t need the more expensive lidar sensors.) Tesla’s chip can handle 2,000 frames per second, with some spare capacity left for redundancy and safety.
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