GlobalFoundries, the parent company for chip-maker AMD, denied CNBC reports that it was working with Tesla on an AI self-driving chip, saying that Tesla has not committed to working with the company on any project.
CNBC reported Wednesday that Tesla may be undertaking production of its own AI chip for autonomous driving, however this was later corrected by GlobalFoundries who said that there is no deal with Tesla in the works.
“Tesla has not committed to working with us on any autonomous driving technology or product,” the spokesperson said in an email to Reuters on Thursday.
Instead, a company spokesperson told Reuters that there was a mix up in a company presentation that detailed companies interest from companies like Tesla and Google. The mixup prompted a big discussion about Tesla and CEO Elon Musk’s recent efforts to bring self-driving capabilities to Tesla drivers.
Musk has put the pressure on Tesla and its AI team by saying a fully autonomous drive from Los Angeles to New York would be completed by year’s end.
“November or December of this year, we should be able to go all the way from a parking lot in California to a parking lot in New York with no controls touched in the entire journey,” Musk said.
Recent reports have surfaced that show Tesla has increased data gathering on autonomous vehicles as well. The wider range of data being collected includes driver interventions of Autopilot’s Autosteer feature, road classifications, as well as vehicle speed against a curve radius of any given road.
Musk’s bold claims, combined with increased data gathering and now rumors surrounding vertically integrating an AI chip production process, fortifies Tesla’s push to develop a fully autonomous vehicle as soon as possible.
Tesla’s Director of Artificial Intelligence Andrej Karpathy recently tweeted open opportunities on Tesla’s Autopilot Vision team.
We're hiring strong ML/CV/Roboticists for the Tesla Autopilot Vision team. We ship autonomy at scale. Join us: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Andrej Karpathy (@karpathy) August 30, 2017
Karpathy replaced longtime Apple executive Chris Lattner as Director of Artificial Intelligence after both Lattner and Tesla believed he wasn’t a good fit for the position.