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Tesla Model S On Autopilot Rams Into Parked Fire Truck On Freeway

International Business Times

A Culver City firefighting truck was hit by a Tesla on Monday morning, reports stated. The crash occurred while the crew was responding to an accident on the 405 freeway in Washington Boulevard, CBS Local reported. According to the authorities, the Tesla Model S was on autopilot mode when it crashed into the back of a parked fire truck which was attending the scene of the accident. No injuries were reported in the crash. The Culver City firefighting department confirmed the crash on Twitter.


Elon Musk promises new features and upgrades are coming to Tesla

USATODAY

Tesla has unveiled a new Roadster, the new version of its original sports car. It's the fastest production car ever made "period," according to CEO Elon Musk. FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., introduces the Model X car at the company's headquarters in Fremont, Calif. Tesla and General Motors have a budding rivalry that could help determine whether Detroit or Silicon Valley sets the course for the future of the auto industry. Right now Wall Street is favoring the upstart led by flamboyant Elon Musk to the established icon headed by the more restrained Mary Barra.


Elon Musk, Tesla and the case for the AI chip

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It's not easy keeping up with the whirlwind industrialist's ventures, but if you're a Tesla enthusiast, like me, you are probably following the projects of the iconic electric car maker's CEO closely. I won't dwell on his ambition to send a Tesla Roadster into orbit around Mars - cue the tagline'red car for a red planet.' One of his more grounded ideas, revealed in California just days ago, involves developing customised AI hardware chips for the Autopilot self-driving system. Although Musk is furtive about the chip's stage of development or when it will start shipping inside vehicles, he says that Tesla will get there much faster if they have dedicated AI hardware. Musk maintains the chip will fast forward the day when the self-driving Tesla can drive 10 times more safely than a human.


Musk Says Tesla Is Building Its Own Chip for Autopilot

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Rockets, electric cars, solar panels, batteries--whirlwind industrialist Elon Musk has set about reinventing one after another. Thursday, he added another ambitious project to the list: Future Tesla vehicles will run their self-driving AI software on a chip designed by the automaker itself. "We are developing customized AI hardware chips," Musk told a room of AI experts from companies such as Alphabet and Uber on the sidelines of the world's leading AI conference. Musk claimed that the chips' processing power would help Tesla's Autopilot automated-driving function save more lives, more quickly, by hastening the day it can drive at least 10 times more safely than a human. "We get there faster if we have dedicated AI hardware," he said.


Tesla is developing its own custom AI chip, says Elon Musk

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Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla is developing its own custom artificial intelligence (AI) chip to support the company's next generation of self-driving technology. Speaking at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Long Beach, California on Thursday night: an industry event attended by experts in the field of machine learning and computational neuroscience, Musk, joined by Tesla's Autopilot and AI heads, was heard talking about the company's upcoming AI chips. "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" said Musk, according to The Register. The serial tech entrepreneur spoke of "Jim" and his efforts on developing custom AI hardware for Tesla.


Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Building Its Own Chip for Autopilot

WIRED

Rockets, electric cars, solar panels, batteries--whirlwind industrialist Elon Musk has set about reinventing one after another. Thursday, he added another ambitious project to the list: Future Tesla vehicles will run their self-driving AI software on a chip designed by the automaker itself. "We are developing customized AI hardware chips," Musk told a room of AI experts from companies such as Alphabet and Uber on the sidelines of the world's leading AI conference. Musk claimed that the chips' processing power would help Tesla's Autopilot automated-driving function save more lives, more quickly, by hastening the day it can drive at least 10 times more safely than a human. "We get there faster if we have dedicated AI hardware," he said.


The 5 biggest questions we still have about the Tesla Semi

Mashable

Tesla finally unveiled its heavy-duty, all-electric Semi truck, and we're impressed. The big rig is the sum of all of the automaker's work in one massive package, featuring design cues from its other vehicles and even borrowing their parts, like the Model 3 motors that power each of its "super single" wheels. Musk claims the Semi will also offer truckers BAMF acceleration and performance specs, up to 500 miles of range per charge, and a cheaper cost to operate than standard diesel trucks. The Semi certainly looks the part of the next big thing for the trucking industry -- but there's still so much about it that we don't know. Elon Musk only showed off certain aspects of the truck during his presentation, leaving some very important features to be shared at a later date, when Tesla is ready to start churning out the rigs for clients.


WATCH: Comedian Lil Duval Smokes Marijuana While Tesla Runs On Autopilot

International Business Times

Comedian Lil Duval aka Roland Powell's latest Instagram video immediately became a sensation as it shows him smoking a hollowed out cigar with the autopilot feature of his Tesla vehicle allowing him to take his hands completely off the steering wheel. The stand-up comedian, MTV2 host and music video star is seen blowing out plumes of smoke while the Maze and Frankie Beverly song, "Silky Soul," can be heard playing over the car's speakers. Lil Duval is casually reclined back smoking as the Tesla autopilot, self-driving computer system has taken full control of the vehicle. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has suggested in the past that by 2019 drivers will be able to sleep in their fully autonomous vehicles. "What y'all fake caring about today," the comedian asks on his lilduval Instagram post from Saturday.


Apple co-founder 'The Woz' slams Tesla's Autopilot

Mashable

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is super keen on futuristic electric cars, but doesn't yet trust Tesla's autonomous driving technology. "The Woz," who drives a Tesla Model S, is concerned some people are mistaking Tesla's current Autopilot system as a completely capable self-driving program. In reality, Tesla's Autopilot feature is classified by the federal government as a "level two" autonomous driving system, which means the car is only partially automated, meaning it will steer itself, accelerate, and decelerate -- but the driver must always be prepared to take control of the vehicle. "Tesla has in people's mind that they have cars that will just drive themselves totally, and it is so far from the truth, so they have deceived us," Wozniak told CNBC at this week's 20/20 Money conference in Las Vegas. To Wozniak, the word "autopilot" is deceiving and potentially dangerous.


NTSB Says Tesla Bears Some Blame for Deadly Autopilot Crash

WIRED

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's vehicle safety watchdog, concluded in January that because Brown was supposed to be monitoring the car's driving, human error--not Tesla tech--caused the crash. Tuesday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal body that investigates plane, train, and vehicle crashes, concluded its investigation into the incident. Systems like Tesla's Autopilot, General Motors' Super Cruise, and Audi's Traffic Jam Pilot already make driving safer, according to preliminary research. NHTSA's investigation of the Brown crash found that Tesla cars with self-driving capabilities crashed 40 percent less frequently than those without.