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Tesla has a new Autopilot ‘2.5’ hardware suite with more computing power for autonomous driving | Electrek

Tesla has been equipping all its vehicles produced since October 2016 with a “supercomputer” as part of its Autopilot 2.0 hardware to run its deep learning neural net computer vision technology, which the company believes will eventually enable fully self-driving capability through future software updates.

While it is likely the most powerful computer in a production car today, there were doubts about it being powerful enough or have enough redundancy to truly enable level 5 autonomous driving and Tesla CEO Elon Musk even said that they could eventually upgrade the system.

That was less than a year ago and we now learn that the automaker is already shipping a new Autopilot hardware suite with a more powerful version of its onboard computer.

We already knew that Tesla updated its Autopilot hardware suite for the Model 3 when we realized that the vehicle is equipped with a driver-facing camera – something not currently available in Model S or X.

But now several sources told Electrek that it is not the only change that coincided with the start of Model 3 production. We are told that a new onboard computer updated to include a secondary GPU for more computing power was also added. The new Autopilot hardware suite is internally called “HW 2.5”.

In a statement to Electrek, a spokesperson confirmed the existence of the new hardware suite, but they downplayed its importance:

“The internal name HW 2.5 is an overstatement, and instead it should be called something more like HW 2.1. This hardware set has some added computing and wiring redundancy, which very slightly improves reliability, but it does not have an additional Pascal GPU.”

The spokesperson also said that all Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles being ordered today come with the new hardware.

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> electrek.co/2017/08/09/tesla-autopilot-2-5-hardware-computer-autonomous-driving/

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