Tesla’s ‘neural net’ is set to be the star of Elon Musk’s AI day
Tesla’s AI day comes just days after NHTSA launched a probe into its Autopilot system.
The event will provide updates on Tesla’s self-driving technology and serve as a recruitment opportunity.
Here’s what experts expect Elon Musk and other executives to discuss at the event on Thursday.
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Tesla’s AI day, set for Thursday evening at the automaker’s Silicon Valley headquarters, could help set the record straight when it comes to Elon Musk’s grand plans for self-driving.
Tesla’s so-called neural net, which supports its Autopilot and Full Self Driving (FSD) technology, will likely be a primary focus of the event, Goldman Sachs analysts said in a note on Monday.
Musk is expected to provide updates on the company’s AI progress, but any announcements are likely to face extra scrutiny following the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announcement on Monday of an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot system and 11 collisions that happened under its control.
In the past, Musk has said the system, which comes standard with all Teslas and enables a car to steer, accelerate, and brake automatically within its lane, makes the car safer than competitors. However, experts have said the data released by Tesla to prove the point is misleading.
On Wednesday, two US senators further upped the ante, calling for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla’s marketing practices around its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving software, dubbing it “potentially deceptive and unfair.”
Thursday’s event, scheduled for 5 pm PT, will take place nearly two years after Musk held Tesla’s first “Autonomy Day,” during which he made several lofty predictions about the future of self-driving cars. At the time, he said Tesla would have “one million robotaxis on the road” by the end of 2020. That didn’t quite pan out.