With the release of the V10 software update and advancement in the areas of Autopilot and Smart Summon, Tesla is inching closer to achieving level 5 full autonomy. Now it is being reported that Tesla has acquired DeepScale, a computer vision start-up.
The deal, first reported by CNBC, will help Tesla reach their autonomy goals even faster, with the hope that one day soon Tesla owners will be able to rent out their vehicles as “robotaxis”
The key to Tesla’s acquisition is DeepScale’s ability to use low-wattage processors to power computer vision, which are standard in most cars. These processors work in harmony with the sensors and cameras around the vehicle to get a clear picture of what’s going on around them.
This week, DeepScale CEO Forrest Iandola posted the following on his LinkedIn page:
“I joined the Tesla #Autopilot team this week. I am looking forward to working with some of the brightest minds in #deeplearning and #autonomousdriving.”
Two other people familiar with the deal confirmed that Tesla had bought the company outright, but declined to disclose the precise terms of the deal.