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Tesla Vision

The software behind Tesla's self-driving car

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18 'Tesla Vision' stories

September 2016 - June 2021


Tesla Vision an end-to-end computer vision system built with NVIDIA’s CUDA, a parallel computing platform by the graphics processing unit (GPU) maker. The software powers the latest generation of Tesla’s Autopilot and self-driving technology.

Tesla Vision Stories June 29

Tesla’s active safety features powered by its new Tesla Vision computer vision system without radar are proving to be at least as good as radar in a new independent test.

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Tesla Vision Stories May 25

Tesla today announced the official transition to “Tesla Vision” without radar on Model 3 and Model Y.

In the process, the automaker warns of some limitations on Autopilot features at first.

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Tesla Vision Stories June 23, 2017

After several changes in the Autopilot team’s leadership over the past few months, Tesla ended up hiring one of the leading AI and computer vision researchers this week.

At the same time however, we learn that several of the team’s top computer vision experts have left the company over the past few weeks. expand full story

Tesla Vision Stories March 31, 2017

There have been some significant comings and goings in Tesla’s Autopilot leadership over the past few months. Most significantly, Tesla hired the creator of the Swift programming language, Chris Lattner, from Apple to lead the Autopilot software team. It enabled Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software and who had been filling the position, to get back to his regular job. Sterling Anderson, Tesla’s Autopilot program director, also left the company to start his own self-driving startup and he was subsequently sued by Tesla over his hiring of a few colleagues.

Now we learn of Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot Vision, David Nistér, leaving the Autopilot leadership team for Nvidia. expand full story

Tesla Vision Stories March 13, 2017

Intel’s $15 billion acquisition of Mobileye is all the talk in the auto industry today. The biggest question is how do they value the company at 30 times its projected revenue for the year? It’s a historic acquisition in term of size and valuation. For comparison, Tesla is valued at $40B, about 4 times its projected revenue for the year.

The answer is that Intel sees the acquisition as bringing in-house the “entire package” of autonomous driving. CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in an email to employees today: “this acquisition essentially merges the intelligent eyes of the autonomous car with the intelligent brain that actually drives the car.” The eye being Mobileye and the brain being Intel.

The fact that they are willing to pay $15 billion to accomplish that is quite interesting and somewhat validates Tesla’s own new approach which aims to do same thing since discontinuing Mobileye’s system in the Autopilot. In fact, Tesla considers its in-house efforts an improvement over the Mobileye platform.  expand full story

Tesla Vision Stories January 24, 2017

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Tesla’s software timeline to fully autonomous driving on its new Autopilot hardware can be somewhat complicated. There’s ‘Enhanced Autopilot’, which in itself offers several different features, and there’s ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’, which despite its name will not enable self-driving for a while, but could still be useful to Tesla drivers very soon.

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Tesla Vision Stories January 2, 2017

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A picture of the instrument cluster of a Tesla Model S has been circulating on Tesla forums and Facebook groups following the company’s latest Autopilot update which brought the ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ feature to new cars with the second generation hardware.

After checking with Tesla, we can confirm that a vestigial version of the feature could have made its way in a build released to the first 1,000 cars with the new hardware this weekend, but it wasn’t intended to be in the latest customer build since the system still doesn’t act on the stop signs. expand full story

Tesla Vision Stories January 1, 2017

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Tesla didn’t want to start the new year on a bad note by missing a deadline with its Autopilot update for new cars to work is its ‘Tesla Vision’ image processing system and while it didn’t bring the system to parity with the last generation Autopilot, the company sort of kept its ‘December 2016’ goal for the release of ‘Enhanced Autopilot’, but it’s only what the automaker is calling the “first phase” of the new features. expand full story

Tesla Vision Stories December 21, 2016

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As new owners of Tesla Model S and X equipped with the new Autopilot 2.0 hardware are growing impatient for not having the same convenience and safety features as owners of vehicles equipped with Tesla’s first generation Autopilot, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to reassure everyone that the company is making progress. expand full story

Tesla Vision Stories December 9, 2016

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Tesla has been rumored to be working on its own SoC (System on Chip) optimized for self-driving cars since we reported that the company quietly hired legendary chip architect Jim Keller from AMD as new “Vice-President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering” earlier this year. While Keller’s hardware engineer experience could be useful for other projects at Tesla, the fact that the automaker poached a team of chip architects and executives from AMD following Keller’s hire fueled the rumor.

In what could now possibly be a confirmation of the rumor, a report from South Korea suggests that Samsung Electronics signed a contract with Tesla to build an ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) system – meaning to build its System on Chip with Samsung semiconductors. expand full story

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