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[PCWorld] Jim Keller lands at Tesla to head up Autopilot group

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Guru behind Apple's A-series, AMD's Zen chips takes over Tesla's Autopilot hardware
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“Jim Keller is joining Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Jim will bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies to develop the safest, most advanced autopilot systems in the world.”
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Some of the biggest names in the technology world are devoting serious time and resources to infusing automobiles with smarts: Google’s self-driving cars can frequently be seen cruising California streets, Nvidia’s doubling down hard on automotive processors, Uber’s testing autonomous vehicles with top university researchers, and even Apple’s been strongly rumored as having an interest in the field.
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We’re still a long way from truly autonomous vehicles being a regular sight on city streets, and all the top names in tech are racing to be the first to make that breakthrough. By bringing in “the fixer”—Keller’s designed many of the most revolutionary processors of the past decade-plus—Tesla’s putting its money where its mouth is. We’ll know in the next few years whether Keller’s still got the magic touch.

Sounds like battle lines are being drawn yet again between Jim Keller and Nvidia, and this time the field is a bit more for the taking, with Google, Apple, and Uber in the mix as well. It will be interesting to see how this progresses in the coming years.
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Yes!

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If you want the best, you bring in the best.
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I don't understand. Jim is a microprocessor architect. The issue with self driving cars isn't the hardware, but the software running the platform to react as needed.
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I don't understand. Jim is a microprocessor architect. The issue with self driving cars isn't the hardware, but the software running the platform to react as needed.

Software needs hardware to run on, it tends to be pretty worthless without it.
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I don't understand. Jim is a microprocessor architect. The issue with self driving cars isn't the hardware, but the software running the platform to react as needed.
There is a burgeoning industry revolving around autonomous vehicles.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/drive-px.html
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Software needs hardware to run on, it tends to be pretty worthless without it.

I understand that, but, as you see in my post, microprocessors aren't the issue.
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I don't understand. Jim is a microprocessor architect. The issue with self driving cars isn't the hardware, but the software running the platform to react as needed.

If that were true, it calls Nvidia's initiative in question. Autopilot algorithms probably require low-latency, hardened, solid-state solutions related to massively parallel hardware systems (which is why Nvidia is making the push).
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I understand that, but, as you see in my post, microprocessors aren't the issue.

If that's true why did they hire Jim Keller as a hardware guy?
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If that were true, it calls Nvidia's initiative in question. Autopilot algorithms probably require low-latency, hardened, solid-state solutions related to massively parallel hardware systems (which is why Nvidia is making the push).

Good point, but isn't Nvidia just using a Tegra?

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If that's true why did they hire Jim Keller as a hardware guy?

Fair enough. You guys thing Tesla wasn't to make their own designs then.
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