Designing specialized AI chips is an increasingly common practice for serious technology companies, and Tesla is no exception. According to reports from The Register and CNBC, Chief Executive Elon Musk has talked about personalized AI chips at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference last night.

Musk said he “wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts.” He added, “We are developing custom AI hardware chips.”

He was joined on stage by Jim Keller, an engineer involved with developing silicon at AMD and Apple who joined Tesla last year, as well as Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s director of AI, and Shivon Zilis, a partner at venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta.

A CNBC report in September claims that Tesla has more than 50 people working on the project. Among them are industry-respected Jim Keller, who previously worked at AMD and Apple and who joined Tesla in January 2016 as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware.

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Specialized AI chips can give Tesla an advantage in autonomous driving. The company is currently using Nvidia graphics cards to power its self-driving features, but specialized hardware can improve performance by enabling faster calculations and theoretically greater road safety.

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