If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
A decade after Google launched its self-driving car project now known as Waymo, the idea of a fully autonomous car remains elusive – even for Tesla owners, some of whom got'full self-driving' (FSD) in beta last week. The FSD feature is part of Autopilot from Tesla, but the auto-maker's technology remains a "distant second" to General Motors' less-recognized Super Cruise feature, according to consumer advocate organization Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports says Super Cruise is the best active driver-assistance system on the market for the second year running, followed some way back by Tesla's vaunted Autopilot. Overall, GM's Super Cruise driver assistance system from the Cadillac CTS scores 69 points, followed by Tesla's 57 points in the Model Y, and Ford's more modestly named Co-Pilot, which scores 52 points in its Lincoln Corsair. European and South Korean car makers rank lower than US brands.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field that requires no introduction. AI has ridden the tailcoats of Moore's Law which states that the speed and capability of computers can be expected to double every two years. Since 2012, the amount of compute used in the largest AI training runs has been increasing exponentially with a doubling every 3 to 4 months, with the end result that the amount of computing resources allocated to AI has grown by 300,000x since 2012. No other industry can compare with these growth statistics. We will explore what fields of AI are leading this acceleration, what companies are best positioned to take advantage of this growth, and why it matters.
Tesla is already collecting large amounts of data from the vehicles owners in its Full Self-Driving beta test fleet. It is already releasing a new update improving on the release earlier this week. Connectivity has been a flagship feature of Tesla's offering in the auto industry. It not only enables several fun and useful features for customers, but Tesla has also been using the connectivity to collect data from the fleet and improve features – mainly Autopilot. When releasing an Autopilot update back in 2017, Tesla asked owners for the authorization to collect videos from the Autopilot cameras.
This week, Tesla TSLA released a very limited beta of what Elon Musk has referred to as "feature complete full self-driving" to a chosen subset of their early access customers. It also announced a $2,000 increase in the price of the "FSD in the future" package it sells today to car owners, giving them access to this software when it's ready. The package is impressing many of these owners. A few have posted videos to Youtube showing the system in operation on city streets. In spite of the name, "full" self driving is neither self-driving nor full as most people in the industry would refer to it.
The next phase of EV competition won't be about battery range, styling, or zero-to-60 acceleration. It's going to be about which cars are smarter. Figuring out winners and losers will have big implications for investor portfolios. Xpeng opened its event by showcasing smartcabin software technology. Drivers can adjust things such as the direction of air-conditioning vents by talking to the virtual assistant.
Tesla's autonomous driving package, known as Full Self Driving or FSD, is about to get pricier. Early Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the price for the next-level Autopilot system is going up by $2,000. It's currently listed at $8,000 on the Tesla website. FSD is strange in that Tesla charges people for self-driving features that aren't available yet. Eventually, Musk envisions Tesla vehicles operating as robotaxis with no one at the steering wheel.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter last night that the electric car company's Full Self-Driving beta update is officially being rolled out. "Will be extremely slow and cautious, as it should," Musk added an uncharacteristically serious tone. The update is, according to Musk, a revolutionary rewrite of his car company's controversial self-driving features suite, called Full Self-Driving or FSD. Despite of its name, the $8,000 option hasn't allowed drivers to completely take their hands off the steering wheel -- at least yet. In August, Musk promised that the update will be a "quantum leap, because it's a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak."
General Motors (GM) has finally taken the wraps off its 2022 GMC Hummer EV as it looks to take on Tesla's (TSLA) Cybertruck. While the two trucks will rival each other in the electric truck market, they have distinct differences that may sway consumers one way or the other. GM is selling the first edition of the GMC Hummer EV for $112,595 in contrast to Tesla's Cybertruck, which has a price range of $39,900 to $69,900, depending on the motor configuration. The Cybertruck's self-driving system is another $8,000 more while GM's includes Super Cruise – a driver assist feature – on the Hummer EV. GM said it will begin production of the GMC Hummer EV in late 2021 at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center in Michigan.
Waymo conducted 1.45 million miles' worth of autonomous vehicle testing in California last year, the company reported to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Tesla vehicles drove a total of 12.2 autonomous miles, to record what it called a "demo run" around its Palo Alto headquarters. Tesla has argued that it "has a fleet of hundreds of thousands of customer-owned vehicles that test autonomous technology in'shadow-mode' during their normal operation," constantly improving through billions of miles of real-world driving. Shadow Mode allows it to test some of those automated features without actually activating them in the real world.
For the lucky few selected to experience "Full Self-Driving" (or FSD) on their Tesla vehicle, Tuesday night is the night. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the autonomous mode was "happening tonight" after promising the feature would make it onto cars last week. FSD has been a long time coming. It's been available as a future-ready option on the electric cars for a while, even if you couldn't actually use it. Musk warned that the car's autonomous abilities will be "extremely slow & cautious."