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Tesla Antagonizes Nvidia With New Self-Driving Tech

Tesla Antagonizes Nvidia With New Self-Driving Tech

The company was two years late in delivering semi-autonomous features and has yet to complete a hands-free trip across the United States, which Musk originally claimed would happen by late 2017.

Tesla did not confirm the auto model, but social media users identified it as a Model-S.

Experts say they're skeptical whether Tesla's technology has advanced anywhere close to the point where its cars will be capable of being driven exclusively by a robot, without a human in position to take control if something goes awry. Tesla engineers said that even without its Autopilot software running-or even included on the car-the cars' cameras and sensors would feed data into the automaker's computers to teach other cars how to drive.

At last year's second quarter earnings call, Musk confirmed that Tesla had a cat in the bag; a neural network that it had been developing under the guidance of former Apple hardware architect Peter Bannon.

While many other self-driving tech developers are putting a huge amount of investment into using LiDAR technology, Musk says the light-sensing version of radar technology is a "fool's errand".

"The real world is really weird and messy". If there aren't enough Tesla owners that are part of the network in their area, the company will have ride-share vehicles available at its dealerships.

Said cars would be capable, explained Musk, of level five autonomy without a "geofence" - meaning they'd be able to drive themselves anywhere on the planet, on any road and in any/all possible weather conditions without anyone watching over the controls.

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Musk said that by the middle of 2020, Tesla's autonomous system will have improved to the point where drivers will not have to pay attention to the road.

"I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis from Tesla next year - not in all jurisdictions because we won't have regulatory approval everywhere", TechCrunch reported Musk as saying.

Tesla released a similar video of a Model X driving autonomously in 2016, but the new video appears to be a single take, whereas the video from 2016 was edited. Nonetheless, it would all be pointless unless Tesla can prove without question that its cars can drive without help across every situation.

"After Tesla's boasting about results of its three-year initiative, we saw nothing tangible that would suggest Tesla could have a lead over well-established competitors", said Roth Capital Partners analyst Craig Irwin.

Furthermore, owners will also be able to choose who can borrow their cars and limit their availability to specific times during the day.

LiDAR is used primarily by most key players in the autonomous driving market.

Musk did casually admit that there might be a few "fender bender" situations, implying that people might get hit if conditions go awry. Some of the cars will be Tesla vehicles that are being loaned out by their drivers, from which Tesla will take a 30 percent cut.


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