Tesla Buying Company To Help Create Autonomous Self-Driving Cars

Tesla aquiring Deepscale Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, has been promising to put driverless cars on the road by 2020. Tesla took a step toward making that dream...



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Tesla aquiring Deepscale

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, has been promising to put driverless cars on the road by 2020. Tesla took a step toward making that dream a reality by acquiring the start-up company DeepScale, a company that provides computer vision technology to automakers.

Forrest Iandola, the CEO of DeepScale, announced the merger with Tesla in a post 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,” Iandola wrote.

At a private event in Palo Alto earlier this year, Elon Musk said driverless vehicles were the way of the future, and anyone who didn’t buy a Tesla would be left in the dust as technology advances. He even compared drivers who buy non-Tesla cars to people who “buy horses.”

“The fundamental message consumers should be taking today is that it’s financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla,” Musk said. “It’ll be like owning a horse in three years. I mean, fine if you want to own a horse, but you should go into it with that expectation.”

However, Musk has been overly enthusiastic in his predictions in the past: He previously vowed to bring driverless cars to the market in 2018.

Tesla currently sells a car that can “navigate on autopilot,” but it comes with a warning that states, “Navigate on Autopilot does not make your Model 3 autonomous. Like other Autopilot features, the driver is still responsible for the car at all times.”

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