Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung are not the only companies working on dedicated artificial intelligence (AI) chips. Elon Musk’s Tesla is also reportedly developing AI-related hardware, according to The Register and CBNC.
These AI chips would be installed in the company’s future vehicles, helping augment their autonomous driving capabilities.
This information was revealed at a Tesla party that took place at the intelligent conference NIPS. According to the attendees at NIPS, Musk said that Tesla is working on both AI-related software and hardware.
Musk didn’t mention specific details related to the company’s plans. However, he did say that “Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world.” According to The Register, the Jim Musk mentioned was Jim Keller, a chip engineer who worked on a range of silicon while at AMD and Apple and joined Tesla last year.
Specialized AI chips could help Tesla edge out competitors in the self-driving vehicle space. As of right now, Nvidia’s graphics cards power Tesla’s autonomous vehicle functionality. However, an AI chip would likely work better, as it would allow for faster calculations, resulting in greater road safety, according to The Verge.
Source: The Register