Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla, his electric automobile company, is developing its own custom chips for its driverless cars.
Musk revealed the effort at a Tesla party that took place at the intelligence conference NIPS. Attendees at the party told The Register that Musk said “I wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts. We are developing custom AI hardware chips”.
Musk offered no details of his company’s plans, but did tell the party that “Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world.”
“Jim” is Jim Keller, a well-known chip engineer who was lead architect on a range of silicon at AMD and Apple and joined Tesla in 2016. Keller later joined Musk on a panel discussing AI at the Tesla Party alongside Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s Director of AI and chaired by Shivon Zilis, …