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Tesla acquires computer vision startup DeepScale in push toward robotaxis – TechCrunch

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Tesla has acquired DeepScale, a Silicon Valley startup that uses low-wattage processors to power more accurate computer vision, in a bid to improve its Autopilot driver assistance system and deliver on CEO Elon Musk's vision to turn its electric vehicles into robotaxis. CNBC was the first to report the acquisition. TechCrunch independently confirmed the deal with two unnamed sources, although neither one would provide more information on the financial terms of the deal. Tesla vehicles are not considered fully autonomous, or Level 4, a designation by SAE that means the car can handle all aspects of driving in certain conditions without human intervention. Instead, Tesla vehicles are "Level 2," and its Autopilot feature is a more advanced driver assistance system than most other vehicles on the road today.


Tesla is buying computer vision start-up DeepScale in a quest to create truly driverless cars

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Tesla is acquiring DeepScale, a computer vision start-up that could help it develop fully driverless vehicles, CNBC has learned. The deal could help Tesla's goal to deliver cars with advanced driver-assistance systems that are good enough for owners to rent them out as "robotaxis" on an Uber-like platform without drivers. However, like all automakers, Tesla is limited by the computational resources it can build into its vehicles. DeepScale's technology was designed to help automakers use low-wattage processors, which are standard in most cars, to power very accurate computer vision. These processors work with sensors, mapping, planning and control systems, to allow cars to make sense of what's going on around them.


Tesla Acquires Deepscale, Accelerates Towards Road-Ready Robotaxis

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After 11 autopilot engineers left Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) in May amid department restructuring, Tesla found itself in need of new software talent. On October 1, Tesla announced its acquisition of Deepscale, a Silicon Valley, California-based startup that will help actualize Tesla CEO Elon Musk's desire for its vehicles to become self-driving robotaxis. On LinkedIn, Deepscale's CEO Forrest Iandola announced his new role as a senior staff machine learning scientist at Tesla. CNBC reported that Tesla bought Deepscale "outright," but no financial details have surfaced. Deepscale is Tesla's sixth acquisition, including Maxwell Technologies in May 2019.


What Tesla's Grab Of DeepScale Is All About

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Tesla has reportedly acquired the four-year-old startup DeepScale, which provides interesting insight into the state of Artificial Intelligence in assisted and automated driving. Operating on $18M in venture funding, DeepScale described themselves as developers of perceptual systems for semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles, focusing on low-wattage processors used in mass-market automotive crash avoidance systems to power more accurate perception. This is an important niche in the intelligent vehicle eco-system; the volumes of systems like automatic emergency braking (AEB) are increasing rapidly due to OEMs making them a standard feature. JATO reports that AEB sales as standard equipment have increased from 6% in Model Year 2016 to 39% in Model Year 2018, with the fitment rate rising to 49% of vehicles sold for Model Year 2019. As one who well remembers the refrain "safety doesn't sell" in automotive circles during the 1990's, this is remarkable and gladdening.


Why Tesla Acquired DeepScale, a Machine Learning Startup That's 'Squeezing' A.I.

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Tesla has quietly acquired an artificial intelligence company to build out its Autopilot autonomous driving system. Tesla this week closed the acquisition of DeepScale, a company that uses sophisticated "deep neural networks" and other aspects of artificial intelligence to help a vehicle's in-car autonomous driving technology more effectively "see" what's around it. The news was first reported by CNBC, who cited sources claiming Tesla had acquired DeepScale. Tesla did not respond to Fortune's request for comment, and has so far remained quiet on the acquisition's details, but DeepScale CEO Forrest Iandola updated his LinkedIn account on Tuesday, saying that he has joined Tesla's Autopilot team to work on deep learning and autonomous driving. Tesla makes small acquisitions from time to time, but DeepScale appears to be its most significant acquisition since February, when the company announced that it would acquire Maxwell Technologies to improve its battery technology.