Tesla is expected to introduce its new Autopilot Hardware 3, which consists of a new neural net computer that will be the world's most advanced computer for autonomous driving.
Now Electrek has learned of a leak of the computer's diagram as a new standard part in Model 3.
Back in 2016, we first exclusively reported on Tesla quietly hiring the legendary chip architect Jim Keller from AMD and we were fairly excited by the implications of Tesla hiring such an important chip architect
At the time, we speculated that Tesla (19659002) Finally, our suspicions were confirmed two years later when Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is working on his own AI chip to install on a computer that was powerful enough to enable Tesla's promised full self-driving capability.
Keller has since left Tesla, but the team is now led by Pete Bannon, who was
Last year, Bannon said they were ramping up their manufacturing effort and aiming to start production aroun
A source told Electrek that Tesla updated the Model 3 wiring diagrams in its internal service documentation on January 9 to include the new Autopilot 3.0 computer as the new standard ECU in Model 3: 1
We've contacted Tesla about the new diagram for Model 3 to ask if it means that the Autopilot 3.0 computer is now being installed in a new Model 3 vehicle.
The company denied that it's currently in production and reiterated Bannon's timeline it could not explain why they released the diagram for Model 3.
Code that leaked earlier this month showed that the Autopilot hardware 3.0 computer is equipped with a Tesla PCI-Ex device named "TRIP", which appears to work as a neural net accelerator
The computer in the Autopilot 2.0 hardware suite is powered by Nvidia GPUs. Musk says that it is capable of processing 200 frames per second, and Tesla's hardware 3 would be able to handle 2,000 frames per second with redundancy
In a recent Tesla conference call, Andrew Karpathy, director of AI and Autopilot Vision, said that the team was excited about what they could do with the new hardware
Tesla says it will be required to enable the features promised under its Full Self-Driving Capability Package
Every owner who ordered the Full Self -Driving Capability Package, which has been available since October 2016.
A few months ago, Tesla removed its 'Full Self-Driving Capability' package from its options due to 'confusion' but the owners can still order it after their delivery through their Tesla account
The package has cost between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000 over the years
Now Tesla needs to produce the computer for all new vehicles and it's expect
I think that the launch of the new computer is imminent and it will be an important step
As I have been saying for the past Tesla's vehicles are going to more power than any other car in production today
But keep in mind that this update is more about future-proofing the
As we have recently reported, Tesla warned 'self-driving package' buyers that, despite the fact that they were in the market,
There are lots of different potential bottlenecks, but now it looks like hardware might not be one for long.
Although Tesla needs to ramp up the device to al l vehicle programs and start the retrofits, which is easier said than done