Tesla is developing its own custom chip for artificial intelligence, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Thursday at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Long Beach, California.
“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,” The Register quoted Musk saying.
Tesla’s efforts are led by Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Jim Keller, the former head architect for AMD and Apple.
Nvidia chips are currently used by Tesla to power its self-driving features.
Musk previously said Tesla cars would achieve autonomous driving capability around this time, but said this week he’s pushing that timeline back another two years. And in three years, he believes self-driving cars will perform better than humans.
That said, even when the technology for full-self-driving becomes highly capable, there’s the possibility that regulation could slow its rollout.
A video of Musk speaking at the NIPS event is below: