Tesla says it has built and tested a new custom chip designed specifically for its Autopilot driverless technology which will be the “world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving”.
TeslaMotorsClub.com reports that Tesla owners will be able to swap Autopilot 2.0 hardware with the new computer next year.
Chief Executive Elon Musk offered a few specs, which it says are a “massive improvement in performance” over the previous hardware, including that the Nvidia Graphics Processing Units powering 2.0 hardware are capable of processing 200 frames per second, while the new third generation hardware will process 2,000 frames per second.
Tesla’s Autopilot division leader Pete Bannon says Tesla has manufactured the chip and installed it in test vehicles. The new hardware suite will replace the existing computer in vehicles running Autopilot 2.0 and 2.5 hardware and move the vehicles closer to fully autonomous.
The report adds that company intends to continue making software improvements to the current hardware, and a new version of Autopilot will be released in about a month.