Tesla To Introduce Robotaxi Service Next Year, Unveils New Autonomous Chip

Tesla chief executive says the electric car manufacturer will launch a number of robotaxis without human drivers across the United States next year.

Speaking at the ‘Tesla Autonomy Day,’ Musk said that the autonomous taxi service will be introduced to select cities across the country and also said that the carmaker will make a car with no steering wheel or pedals in “probably two years from now.”

Tesla is rapidly moving towards total autonomy

Alongside the announcement of its planned robotaxi fleet, Tesla announced its all-new Full Self-Driving computer which Musk asserts is “objectively the best chip in the world.” Tesla has been working on its autonomous chip for a number of years and announced that all Model S and Model X vehicles built since around March 20th and all Model 3 vehicles built around April 12 and onwards have the new computer installed.

The new chip is made by Samsung in Texas. Tesla says its Full Self-Driving computer will allow it to achieve total autonomy and according to Tesla’s head of Autopilot hardware, the chip is capable of seven times as many frames as Nvidia’s Xavier system. Tesla had previously said that its vehicles would be fully self-driving by 2018 but that target was missed.

During the Tesla Autonomous Day, Elon Musk also hit out at automotive and technology company rivals who are using Lidar systems to achieve autonomous driving functions.

“Lidar is a fools’ errand. And anyone relying on Lidar is doomed,” Musk said. “It’s expensive and unnecessary and once you solved vision it’s worthless.”

 

  • lagunas3ca

    Remember when GM said (on 1/12/2018) their car with no steering wheel or pedals would be ready for streets In 2019?

    • Ron

      It’s only April and the only reason it hasn’t happened yet is the NHTSA has yet to approve a vehicle with no steering wheel.

      • lagunas3ca

        Like I said, remember on 1/12/2018 when GM said its car with no steering wheel or pedals would be ready for streets In 2019?

  • flyfish

    So no Radar? or Lidar, just based on Cameras? This may work if you don’t live in a place that never rains, snows or has fog. After snow or rain I have to wipe the dirt off my backup camera.

    Great work on the chipset, but I’d like Cameras, Radar and Lidar systems on my autonomous toaster vehicles.

    • Jds65

      Lol the chip is not any faster than Nvdia’s.Its actually significantly slower.They literally just tossed up some numbers.look it up.Just another stock pump, always works well for Tesla.

    • brn

      Cars have worked with just vision for over a century.

      I would be surprised if Tesla didn’t use some radar also.

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