Tesla CEO Elon Musk: It Only Took 6 Months To Recreate Mobileye Chip Tech (#ElonTalks)

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After Tesla and Mobileye parted ways, it only took Tesla engineers around 6 months to recreate/approximate the Mobileye self-driving and visual processing tech. At least, that’s what Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during the Quarter 1, 2017, earnings call.

To explain further, Tesla and Mobileye ended their supply partnership in September 2016 for various reasons that aren’t completely clear — Tesla reps claim that Mobileye “attempted to force Tesla to discontinue this development, pay them more and use their products in future hardware,” while Mobileye reps claim that Tesla was “pushing the envelope in terms of safety” and should have been slower in its rollout of new features.

Following the end of the partnership, Tesla’s work to develop its own system seemingly intensified, and was followed shortly thereafter by the announcement that all new Teslas would feature the “Hardware 2.0” self-driving tech suite, eventually allowing for fully autonomous travel.

Since this occurred, the company has slowly been rolling out self-driving features to Hardware 2.0 vehicle owners. Some would say that Hardware 2.0 self-driving features have yet to truly catch up with those of Hardware 1.0 vehicles, but considering the speed at which new updates are going out, if this is true, it isn’t going to be the case for much longer.

As stated by Musk numerous times now, Tesla is expecting to have a Tesla car drive itself from a parking lot in California to a parking lot in New York by the end of 2017 — without the “drivers” doing anything at all except observing.

Whether or not this will actually happen we don’t know yet, but the comments do suggest that Tesla is happy with the state of the tech it developed to replace Mobileye’s tech.


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