An ex-Tesla exec reveals that the company is transforming itself into a big data powerhouse.
In a statement Lattner said..
“One of Tesla’s huge advantages in the autonomous driving space is that it has tens of thousands of cars already on the road.We built infrastructure to take advantage of this, allowing the collection of image and video data from this fleet, as well as building big data infrastructure in the cloud to process and use it.”
Under Lattner, Tesla updated its sharing policy in May to store and process the data collected by Model S and Model X vehicles on the road today.
In May Tesla send a message to it’s owners.
“We are working hard to improve autonomous safety features and make self-driving a reality for you as soon as possible.In order to do so, we need to collect short video clips using the car’s external cameras to learn how to recognize things like lane lines, street signs, and traffic light positions. The more fleet learning of road conditions we are able to do, the better your Tesla’s self-driving ability will become.”
Tesla asked owners for approval in May before collecting the anonymized data.
Tesla has access to a bigger trove of data than ever before thanks to asuite of new hardware that the company has been installing in vehicles since last October. That hardware will eventually support Tesla’s second-generation Autopilot system and full self-driving capabilities.