Tuesday, December 24, 2019

the time has come for hardware 3

Over the past few years Tesla has developed an incredible supercomputer special designed to handle the types of AI calculations required for full autonomous driving.  Until now cars outfitted with older technology from Nvidia were able to keep pace with the new hardware with the current functionality of Tesla's AutoPilot self driving functionality.  Until today.

This morning Tesla started pushing out version 2019.40.50.1 of it's software, the first to take real advantage of the power available with the custom Tesla Hardware 3.  Users that have HW3 will now see visualizations of lane markings, stop signs, traffic signs, and other road obstacles that are being tracked by the AutoPilot software.  This new display helps to build confidence in the drivers that Tesla really is tracking everything around it needed for full self driving functionality.

I'm currently running a HW2.5 unit, so I won't get to witness the new visuals until they schedule me for the upgrade in the next month or two.  It doesn't matter.  It's just cosmetic at this point.  I'm patient enough it won't keep me up at night.  But, wow.  We really are here.  The time has come.

#HW3 #FSD #RoboTaxi

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