“At first it seems improbable. How could it be that Tesla, who has never designed a chip before would design the best chip in the world?” he said. “But that is objectively what has occurred. Not best by a small margin, best by a huge margin. It’s in the cars right now.”
All Tesla cars being built today have the hardware necessary for full self-driving:8 vision cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, radar, and this custom-designed beast of a Full Self-Driving Computer pic.twitter.com/jYMAhB5Ooc — Tesla (@Tesla) April 23, 2019
The webcast came days before Tesla is expected to announce a significant quarterly loss after it delivered fewer units of its Model 3 car, which is a key part of the firm’s bid to become a high-volume car maker. Tesla has been building its self-driving chip since 2016. Musk had previously claimed his cars would be fully self-driving by 2018. Responding to concerns he had missed targets after making bold predictions before, he said: “All these things, I said we’d do them,” he said. “We did it. We’re going to do the robotaxi thing too. The only criticism – it’s a fair one – sometimes they’re not on time.” Read more: Four Tesla directors to leave company in board streamlining Tesla shares rose slightly in pre-market trading, up 0.4 per cent.