Among one of the many things that Tesla is busy with is the development of a supercomputer network, Dojo.
According to the little bits of information that CEO Elon Musk managed to spill, Dojo will be the primary processing center for “vast amounts of video data” obtained from the feed from the FSD chip used in Autopilot.
Tesla is developing a NN training computer called Dojo to process truly vast amounts of video data. It’s a beast! Please consider joining our AI or computer/chip teams if this sounds interesting.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 14, 2020
The innovation is partially due to the upgrade that Elon Musk also stated about Autopilot as a response to a Twitter query about the ‘Summon’ feature.
We need to finish upgrading Autopilot to 4D vs ~2.5D, then it will go up very steep slopes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 22, 2020
Upgrading from 2.5-dimensional to a 4-dimensional will enhance the features and capabilities of the Autopilot. It will enable the program to have a more thorough understanding of its surroundings and therefore be able to generate more responses. The sensors on the vehicle detect environmental obstacles in a more vivid and detailed way. Quite possibly, the upgrade will be able to recognize traffic signs, lights, and acceleration, and lane changes. Tesla is actively working on achieving the fifth level of autonomy for the FSD chip that will unlock a lot more possibilities for the Autopilot.
"We do have a major program at Tesla which we don't have enough time to talk about today called “Dojo.” That's a super powerful training computer. The goal of Dojo will be to be able to take in vast amounts of data and train at a video level and do unsupervised massive training of vast amounts of video with the Dojo program - or Dojo computer."
Dojo is aimed to withstand heavy inflow of video data from external networks, specifically from the feed in the Autopilot-integrated vehicle's camera sensors. The specs of the hardware are ensured to be state-of-the-art to deliver the best results and process data as efficiently as possible. It will be likened to the analytical operations of a human brain, making the optimal decisions based on the available data.
Training simulations for Autopilot is with FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) at ~ 0.01% capability. The first version is set to be released in a year, says Musk. FPGAs are customizable circuits that consumers can personalize to fit their needs. The dojo is expected to be operational within one year.
Tesla is currently the leading automaker with regard to the innovation of self-driving features. No other car company has achieved what Tesla has done so far.