Tesla, the electric car company, has recently purchased DeepScale, a US-based manufacturer of low power processors for improve computer vision. This is an effort by Tesla to update their self-driving technology and to help turn their vehicles into robotic taxis.
Currently Tesla cars aren't considered to be completely autonomous, also termed as level 4 automation, which means the cars cannot drive without some human interaction.
Tesla's cars are considered to be level 2 autonomous and their Autopilot feature is considered to be a better driver assistance service instead of full autonomy. CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has said he wants to upgrade Tesla's current autonomous abilities until the company reaches full automation.
Previously in this year, Musk also stated that the company would also start their own self-driving ride-sharing platform by 2020.
DeepScale's purchase seems to be apart of this plan. The company will add more talent to Tesla's automation efforts which has continued to watch talent leave during the past year.
DeepScale has also created neural networks for automotive sensors and processors to help make these systems better and cheaper to make. These systems use sensors to map out the environment around the car in real-time. The company claims that their cheaper price points allows them to offer autonomous and driver assistance at all prices.
Recently DeepScale's Co-Founder Forrest Iandola made this announcement via Twitter and other social media accounts.
— Forrest Iandola (@fiandola) October 1, 2019
As Tesla continues to make efforts toward further automation they have created a new custom computer chip in order to better increase their efforts. This chip is currently in the company's Model 3, X, and S. Musk has stated that current Tesla models being made have all the hardware they need to autonomous driving.
According to Musk “all you need to do is improve the software.”
Many within the industry don't believe Musk's statements. Both Musk and Tesla have continued to say that they only need to improve their software and have continually updated their Autopilot service. Around a month ago the company updated the service and added new features into their cars including their Smart Summon, an automatic parking feature that allows owners to use their app to summon their car from the parking space.
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