Elon Musk Interviewed on AI and Self-driving Cars

Elon Musk was interviewed by Lex Fridman about AI and self-driving cars.

Here are some highlights of what Elon said.

Self-driving cars will be 5 to 10 times more valuable than non-self-driving cars.

Tesla has nearly 500,000 cars on the road with the full self-driving sensor suite.

The sensors in the suite are :

Eight surround cameras provide 360 degrees of visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength that is able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

Tesla now has automatic overtaking of slow cars, take highway interchanges, traffic light recognition warnings, exit the freeway and lane-changes without confirmation.

A development version that Elon Musk is driving will stop and start at traffic lights.

The hardware currently being produced is capable of full self-driving.

Telsa is gathering 99% of the self-driving car data in the world and believe this will enable them to master the software for self-driving.

They are working on city street, complex parking navigation and complex intersections.

The question in terms of the timing is how much safer than a person will self-driving need to be before regulators will approve non-human monitored self-driving.

Regulators will need data proving the self-driving needs to be at least two or three times safer than human driving. The amount of increased safety will be up to regulators.

Elon believes that having human monitoring of self-driving will start decreasing safety as the safety of self-driving increases.

Elon believes that there are gaps in deep learning approaches which need to be addressed to get to artificial general intelligence (AGI). However, Elon believes AGI will be upon us very soon.

SOURCES- Elon Musk interview with Lex Fridman
Written by Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

1 thought on “Elon Musk Interviewed on AI and Self-driving Cars”

  1. Hmm, I wonder if the same technology could be applied to walking robots. The, we might finally have useful robot servants and workers…at least until the global hivebrain decides humans are a waste of resources.

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