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    Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Tesla Motors move has been confirmed in a statement by the company.
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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Wow, that's super interesting. Will Tesla be giving the massive middle finger to the likes of Nvidia and build their own purpose built autopilot hardware?

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Exciting news

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Quote Originally Posted by Tabbykatze View Post
    Wow, that's super interesting. Will Tesla be giving the massive middle finger to the likes of Nvidia and build their own purpose built autopilot hardware?
    Given the number of processors in a modern car, there could be some advantage to going fully custom. If they sell 100K cars, and put 10 identical CPUs in each car, that could get the sort of yearly figures that justify a fully custom ASIC but not a custom CPU core just an off the shelf A72 or similar.

    Or, given how stagnant CPU design seems to have become and how long Jim has been doing it, perhaps this is nothing to do with CPU/ASIC design it is just an interesting engineering team to lead and he fancies a change. He must have been doing more team leadership than detail engineering for years now?

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Luddite hat on ...

    The thought of "autopilot" in cars fills me with feelings of dread. And, yes, I'm not a fan of the other "self-driving" car projects either. However, if someone wants to use that tech to make driving safer (like the current collision avoidance tech) then I'd welcome that.

    Heck, I don't even like automatic gearboxes!

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Currently it uses NVIDIA Tegra - does this mean that they will have a custom design? More opitimized - also don't forget they could build and license something out, or identify a more efficient way to manage things like LIDAR and RADAR

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Nick Farrell seems to think his new job does not involve working on microprocessors: http://www.fudzilla.com/news/process...tches-to-tesla

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    AFAIK,Nvidia lost their Audi contract too.


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    "bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies..." sounds more like he'll be working on the integration of sensors and processing rather than on custom microprocessors. There must be all sorts of interesting hardware challenges with autopilot systems (reduction of latency occurs to me as a key one).

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    Re: Jim Keller becomes Tesla's VP of Autopilot Hardware Engineering

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    The thought of "autopilot" in cars fills me with feelings of dread...
    Yup. I am basically Will Smith in iRobot

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