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) …
In April, at a special event at Tesla's Palo Alto, California headquarters called Tesla Autonomy Investor Day, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla vehicles are using a new custom-designed processor to power its Autopilot full self-driving (FSD) system. At the time Musk said that no chip was available that had the processing power and power constraints that Tesla required, so the automaker built its own from scratch. Now the technical details of the new chip have been revealed for the first time. At the Hot Chips conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Tesla's VP of hardware engineering Pete Bannon revealed of the details of the chipset that will power Tesla's future Autopilot, full self-driving (FSD) system. Bannon said that the new AI-powered chip is 21 times faster that the Nvidia chip it's replacing and only 80% of the cost.
Tesla revealed that it has lowered the price of its Model 3 again. Tesla shares slid Thursday afternoon after self-driving car startup Aurora said it raised more than $530 million in funding from investors including Amazon, Sequoia and the investment arm of energy giant Shell. Tesla shares were down more than 3 percent, near $305.60 a share after the announcement was published. Markets Insider reports that Thursday's selling has Tesla shares teetering toward their lowest close since Jan. 29, the day before the electric-car maker's fourth-quarter earnings report. Amazon made "significant investments" in Aurora, the tech start-up said in a press release.
Tesla has found itself involved in yet another self-driving car accident – and this time, its victim was a $2,000-per-day rentable humanoid robot. In what many are speculating was an over-the-top PR stunt, Promobot revealed one of its model v4 robots was'killed' by a Tesla Model S on a Las Vegas street ahead of CES. The accident occurred on Paradise Rd Sunday night as engineers transported the firm's robots to the display booth. In what many are speculating was an over-the-top PR stunt, Promobot revealed one of its model v4 robots was'killed' by a Tesla Model S on a Las Vegas street ahead of CES According to Promobot, a number of robots were making their way to the booth around 7 p.m. when one of them stepped out of line and into the parking lot roadway. As it did, it was struck by a Tesla Model S operating in autonomous mode.
I've given a few runs of my presentation on Driverless Cars in Australia, Malaysia and NewZealand. One thing I've noticed is how engaged and excited the audience become when they see a Tesla Model S, driving itself for the first time. What I wanted to achieve in this blog, is to share with you some of this magic and some of the graphics and features I present to the audience. Now…the reason I've picked the Tesla Model S is because: 1 – it's a cool car, 2 – it's Tesla and who doesn't love Elon Musk and 3 – They make the most advanced and lowest price driverless cars in the world…oh…and did I tell you they have the best range of any electric car, maxing out at around 667km for the lower-end model at 70 kph (see diagram 1 below) and decreasing to 452km at 120 kph. The Tesla Enhanced Autopilot system is the key to the car.
The maker of the world's most popular assault rifle is aiming to take on the maker of the world's most popular electric car with the launch of its own vehicle. Kalashnikov Concern, which is most famous for producing the AK47, unveiled the CV-1 "super car" at an event near Moscow on Thursday. "This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor", a spokesperson for the Russian manufacturer said. The spokesperson said that Kalashnikov hoped its electric car was "at least able to keep up" with Tesla, though it is unclear what advantages the CV-1 has over Tesla. The CV-1 is based on the Soviet hatchback Izh, a popular vehicle in the 1970s that was noted for its durability and off-road capability.
Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk took to Twitter to share more news about the company's self-driving technology. According to the entrepreneur, plans are in place to make the autonomous software found in Tesla units available on open-source platforms. Thanks for helping make Tesla & SpaceX more secure! Musk has often noted growing concerns over hackers getting access to Tesla's softwares. He has said that preventing a large-scale hack is one of Tesla's biggest security priorities.
Tesla's former head of engineering Doug Field is back working with Apple after he took a sudden leave of absence from the Elon Musk firm back in May. In July, it was confirmed the senior engineer would not be returning to Tesla and is instead back with Apple - the company he left five years ago. He will be working on Apple's secretive'Project Titan' autonomous vehicle team, which been running since mid-2016. The two companies have fought over Silicon Valley talent for years with Tesla's CEO Elon Musk once describing Apple's car project as a'Tesla graveyard'. Tesla's former head of engineering Doug Field is back with Apple after first taking a sudden leave of absence back in May.
Autonomous vehicles are big business. So it's no surprise that some of the highest-valued technology companies in the world are looking to get in on the action. Giants like Uber, Tesla, Waymo, and Apple have all invested heavily in what they see as the transport of tomorrow: AI-driven cars capable of such precise steering and navigation that they'll never need a human at the wheel. If successful, such vehicles would free up time for human drivers, allowing them to sleep on long-haul journeys, finish typing up presentations on the way to work, or simply use their time as they see fit (so, Netflix). Statistically, these vehicles should also be much, much safer.
A Tesla Model S electric car that crashed and burned last month in Florida, killing two teenagers, was traveling 116 miles per hour three seconds before impact and only slowed to 86 mpg as the air bags were inflated, according to federal investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a preliminary report on the crash, also said that the car missed a curve with a 25 mph speed limit, crashed into a wall twice, and witnesses reported that it erupted in flames. The driver and front-seat passenger, both 18, were killed in the May 8 crash in Fort Lauderdale. A rear-seat passenger was ejected and injured. According to the report released Tuesday, the car's lithium-ion battery re-ignited twice after firefighters extinguished the flames, once as the car was being loaded for removal from the scene and again in a storage yard.
It's impossible not to compare the new Jaguar I-Pace with the Model X. BMW and Audi are both working on getting their electrified vehicles to market. But let's look at the differences between --not just two of the best EVs on the market -- but really two great vehicles overall. Pricing out cars can be tricky because of trim levels, options etc. The base level I-Pace S, starts at $69,500. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model X 75D will set you back $79,500.