Tesla to launch autopilot hardware to bring full self –driving capability to vehicles
Tesla is in the procedure of developing new software which will work with the forthcoming new Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer. The company is working on an ambitious product that it claims will enable them to bring full self-driving capability to its vehicles. It is a new AI chip, or ‘neural net accelerator’ to be released in the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer upgrade.
They are now aiming for the new computer to be in production in about 6 months. According to Elon Musk, Co-Founder, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla, this could result in a 500-2000% increase in operation per second. The release of this new computer with Tesla’s own AI chip would be the culmination of a long project. This was a project which Tesla started about 3 years ago as it predicted a need for extra computing power in its vehicles.
Preparations for the launch of Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer
Tesla has put in a lot of preparation for its upcoming launch of the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer. Last month, Tesla updated the Model 3 wiring diagrams in its internal service documentation to include the new Autopilot 3.0 computer as the new standard ECU in Model 3. Now, Tesla also started pushing new software related to the Autopilot Hardware 3 computer, also called ‘HW3’.
Model S 100D spotted testing in California
Model S 100D vehicles with the new hardware have been spotted in California. According to predictions, these vehicles were utilized for testing purposes. This could be part of the’ full self-driving program’ which was also tried out by Tesla’s employees. Additionally, users of TeslaFi, a third-party service provider using Tesla’s API to release some features including software update tracking, have spotted cars in California receiving a new update referencing the HW3. Subsequently, this new update referencing the HW3 had been taken off the software. However, Tesla has been putting a lot of efforts in developing their new software related to the new Autopilot computer.
Tesla’s autopilot Cars to hit roads earlier than expected
Pete Bannon, Tesla’s Chip Architect in Charge of the project stated that they were ramping up their manufacturing effort and aiming to start production of the Autopilot Hardware 3 computer around the end of the first quarter of 2019.