American automotive and energy company Tesla has acquired DeepScale, a startup that uses low-wattage processors to power more accurate computer vision.
Tesla has reportedly acquired the startup in order to improve it Autopilot driver assistance system and work on Elon Musk’s plans to use its electric vehicles as robotaxis.
TechCrunch reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously said it would launch an autonomous ridesharing network by 2020 and that acquiring DeepScale appears to be a part of that plan.
According to TechCrunch DeepScale has developed a way to use efficient deep neural networks on small, low-cost, automotive-grade sensors and processors to improve the accuracy of perception systems. The perception systems use sensors, mapping, planning and control systems to interpret and classify data in real time.
DeepScale’s co-founder Forrest Iandola recently posted on Twitter, “I joined the Tesla autopilot team this week. I am looking forward to working with some of the brightest minds in deep learning and autonomous driving.”