Elon Musk buys Deep Scale an AI startup to achieve autonomous driving in the Tesla
10.2.2019 / News author: Oksana
Tesla has acquired Deep Scale, a startup dedicated to artificial vision technology that could help the company develop, finally, the total autonomous driving in its vehicles.
The purchase, whose quantity has not been disclosed, comes through a CNBC report. People close to the transaction say it was 100% monetary, without exchange of shares.
Days ago he was CEO of Deep Scale, Forest Liandola, published an update on LinkedIn: "I have joined Tesla, part of the Autopilot team. Excited to work with some of the brightest minds in autonomous driving and deep learning."
After the news was revealed, Liandola confirmed the purchase through a tweet where he repeated what was previously published on LinkedIn.
Months ago Elon Musk promised that the fleet of Tesla vehicles built after 2016 would have total autonomous driving capacity by the end of 2019. To achieve this it is necessary that all the cars that support it be updated to the FSD (Full Self-Driving) computer that It has chips designed by the company that would be able to analyze 2300 photographs per second and make much faster decisions.
But it is October and even that retrofit does not happen, although it is true that all the Model S and Model X produced since March 20, 2019 and the Model 3 manufactured since April 12, 2019 already include the FSD computer, also clarify that This hardware update must be made, free of charge, to all cars manufactured before those dates that have the total autonomous driving package contracted.
Another setback is the recent departure of more than ten engineers from the autonomous driving team along with Stuart Bowers, who led the group, last May.
DeepScale raised 15 million dollars in a first round of investment and then 3 million more. It is the sixth acquisition made by Tesla during 2019, with Maxwell Technologies, a company dedicated to battery manufacturing, the most important.
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