Tesla hires veteran from AMD, Apple to make self-driving tech
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If there was any doubt left that Tesla is critical about self-driving automotive tech, all of it however disappeared this week. The corporate has confirmed to Electrek that it just lately employed processor design veteran Jim Keller to steer its Autopilot hardware engineering workforce. He is not solely chargeable for a few of AMD’s key architectures (such because the Athlon K7 and the upcoming Zen), however helped make Apple’s A4 and A5 chips — you already know, those that powered every little thing from the unique iPad via to the Apple TV.
This doesn’t suggest that Keller will probably be designing customized silicon for Tesla. The corporate is not saying a lot about what he’ll do past wield his “low-energy design experience.” Nevertheless, somebody like him is especially nicely-suited right here. Autonomous automotive know-how requires loads of computing energy in a decent area, and there are lots of unsolved issues (say, dealing with sudden human conduct) the place hardware might play a task. Keller could be the key to turning Autopilot from a restricted-use choice to an ordinary, broadly related function.