Tesla won’t “make cars in India, sell in India, and export from India” anytime soon

Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport minister, during a climate action forum on Oct. 8 said, that he had requested Tesla not to sell China-made electric vehicles in the country. He instead wants the now-Texas-based automaker to “produce cars in India, sell in India, and export from India.”

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However, the path to these goals is paved with speed bumps. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, has frequently turned to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with India’s local sourcing regulations and hefty import tariffs. The company hasn’t been able to sell a Tesla in India for nearly five years, much alone manufacture. This is primarily because the government hasn’t provided the concessions that would tempt it to do so.

The Indian market is not very attractive right now for Tesla, which produced nearly two-thirds of the 568,000 electric cars sold in the United States between 2017 and 2020. Despite a few ardent early adopters who have been waiting in line for quite some time, India’s electric vehicle sector is still in its infancy. Indians purchased fewer than 5,000 electric four-wheelers in 2019-20. The costs are high, and there is a lack of charging infrastructure.

Why the deal between India and Tesla is still not sound?

In 2019, Musk tweeted, “I’ve heard that import duties on electric automobiles are extraordinarily high (up to 100 percent).  This would make our cars unaffordable.” He is correct. Customs charge on fully manufactured imported automobiles costing more than $40,000—as Tesla does—is a whopping 100%.

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These high barriers are meant to protect domestic manufacturers, but they may be too high for the price-sensitive market. Given the present price tag and taxes, even the least priced Tesla will likely set buyers back 55-60 lakh rupees (between $72,000 and $80,000), compared to the Rs 35 lakh ($) Gadkari estimates it will cost.

India recognizes the importance of electric vehicles in reducing air pollution and reducing its reliance on crude oil. Local production is the only option to make these cars inexpensive without import incentives. The 1.3 billion-strong nation has been attempting to entice Tesla with reduced production prices, hoping to capitalize on the world’s aversion to relying on China. A half-dozen Indian states have thrown out the red carpet for Tesla to build a factory.

However, the government appears to want to see precise manufacturing plans before giving the company any tax benefits.

Samsung in Talks With Tesla to Make Next-Gen Self-Driving Chips Based on 7nm Process: Report

According to a South Korean newspaper, Samsung is in talks with Tesla to produce Tesla’s next-generation self-driving chips using Samsung’s 7-nanometer chip manufacturing process.

Tesla and Samsung have discussed chip design and exchanged chip prototypes for Tesla’s future Hardware 4 self-driving computer. Since the beginning of this year, several meetings discuss the course of chip manufacturing; according to the Korea Economic Daily, citing sources with immediate knowledge of the topic.

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According to the article, if Samsung wins the contract, chip manufacturing will begin using its 7-nanometer manufacturing method. Tesla’s current Hardware 3 computers already use Samsung chips.

Samsung did not answer or comment on the topic, and there was no quick comment from Tesla.

According to analysis firm TrendForce, Samsung ranks second to TSMC in the semiconductor contract manufacturing business; with 52.9 percent of the market share to Samsung’s 17.3 percent as of end-June.

5-nm chips are a newer technology coming towards commercial goods, since last year. They’re in some of the most recent devices, such as Apple’s iPhone 12.

self driving chips

According to the most recent news on Tesla’s new chips, major manufacturing is scheduled for Q4 2021; which means we won’t see those chips in Tesla production vehicles until 2022.

Tesla began building a team of chip architects in 2016 to develop its own silicon, lead by famed chip designer Jim Keller. The goal was to create a self-driving semiconductor that was both powerful and efficient.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed at the presentation of the new processor that the company is already working on the next generation of the chip, which will be three times better than the current one and will be available in two years.

What we know about the Tesla Motors models due for launch in India

Tesla Motors Inc., the electric mobility company, is preparing to join the Indian market, with four of its models having the approval for homologation by the Indian government. In this article, we will go through some of the details of these models.

According to the government’s Vahan Seva website, four Tesla models were filed for homologation and received permission. However, the website does not confirm the car’s name or version. Tesla Club India which is a Twitter club for keeping track of Tesla’s activities in India, believes the vehicles are the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.

The rumors are based on the fact that Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y were sighted testing on Indian roads; extensively camouflaged but difficult to mistake for anything else, due to the distinct outlines carried by each Tesla.

All Tesla automobiles, like almost every other car sold in the world, come in a variety of configurations. Each variant has different motor combinations and tuning levels.

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Tesla Model 3

Model 3 offers three powertrain choices open in international markets; starting with the rear-wheel-drive “Standard Plus” model, which has a single electric motor driving the rear axle. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s testing technique, it has a claimed range of 421 kilometers and a 50 kWh battery.

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The base Tesla motors in the United States costs around Rs 29.2 lakh. Since it’s a straight import, it’ll cost twice as much in India.

Furthermore, the Model 3 features two dual-motor variants: the Performance and the Long Range AWD. Both are powered by the same 75 kWh battery. However, one having the calibration for outright acceleration while the other being best suitable for a longer range of 568km. The top-end variant costs Rs 41.6 lakh in the US and Rs 82 lakh in India.

Tesla Model Y

While the Model 3 is currently the best-selling plug-in electric car in the world, India is primarily an SUV market. Hence, considering the Model X being too expensive to introduce in India at first, the Model Y makes more sense.

TESLA MODEL Y

Although consumers in that segment are less concerned with utility, the Model Y comes standard with a seven-seat layout (optional) and dual-motor AWD, making it a capable off-roader.

The price projection for Model Y will start at roughly Rs 77 lakh in India, considering that it costs Rs 38.7 lakh in the US. It will be available in two variants: Performance and Long Range AWD. Both Model 3 and Model Y are at the lower end of Tesla’s product line, with the Model S Plaid and the upcoming Roadster at the top.

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Tesla Bot is Elon Musk’s idea of a friendly humanoid robot that you can overpower, or run away from

Elon Musk has several big goals, the most ambitious of which is to establish a human settlement on Mars. While that is still a long way off, Musk’s Tesla has focused its efforts on humanoid robots. There’s even a name for it: Tesla Bot. Tesla has also provided a visual representation of it.

The Tesla Bot appears to look and walk like a human in the teaser video, along with hip movements that mimic our species. The body is completely white below the shoulder, however, the head and neck are painted black. It shows its face, which is just a blank screen with no face-like features. According to Musk, there will be a display that will provide useful information to people.

If you’re wondering what the Tesla Bot’s purpose is, Musk tells us that it’ll be presented as a solution to our laziness. It’s a general-purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot capable of performing activities that are dangerous, repetitious, or uninteresting.

In some ways, this could be the perfect robot slave that humanity imagined in early sci-fi films of the twentieth century. Tesla will take all it has learned from its AI team and apply it here. Currently, it appears like Tesla is aiming for a form factor that is as close to that of a person as possible. Musk said at the event that, the robot will be 5.8 feet (1.8m) tall and weigh 125 pounds (57kg). Walking speeds will be around 5 mph (8 kmph). You can make it carry 45 pounds (20 kg) of weight as well.

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Given the status of robotics in 2021, all of this appears to be far overly ambitious. Boston Dynamics is still working on making its robot navigate an obstacle course with minimal programming. Tesla’s promise of a working prototype by the end of the year appears unlikely. But, given that this is Elon Musk’s company, expect the unexpected.

But what about the risks associated with robotics and Tesla Bot?

Musk himself has warned that artificial intelligence poses a serious threat to human civilization’s survival. Musk said, “We’re building it up such that you can sprint away from it and most likely overpower it on a mechanical level. I sincerely hope it never happens “

He added it’s not exactly reassuring, but it’s good to know that you can defeat a rogue Tesla Bot, in case the need arises. For more such updates, keep watching this space!

Tesla’s Artificial Intelligence Chip is 180 Times More Powerful Than World’s Most Powerful Fight Jet F-35: Study

Discussing Artificial Intelligence chips is only a smaller part of the bigger picture. Artificial Intelligence chips are hardware focus elements. We need really good software to achieve level 5 autonomy. Elon Musk is an entrepreneur and business magnate. He is the founder, CEO, and Chief Engineer at Space X. The business tycoon is doing miracles in artificial intelligence. We will be discussing in detail Level 5 autonomy and Artificial Intelligence Chips.

Level 5 Autonomy

Artificial Intelligence: Level 5 Autonomy

It is basically a driverless car that can operate on any road and in any condition a human driver could negotiate. Now the question is which will achieve the level 5 Autonomy first. Though Elon Musk is very confident about it.

How is this chip better than other full-size driving chips that roughly do the same thing?

The AI Tesla’s chip took 14 months to design. Now, Samsung is manufacturing the processor. It is being shipped in a newer Tesla car now. Older models also can be upgraded as well. It is not completely a new invention when compared to hardware 2.0 and 2.5 computer assembly. The chip is 21 times faster in frames per second than the older Nvidia mode. The software build is also tailored for specific hardware only. This hardware and software build is also tailored for specific higher efficiency than before. The reason is that they are designed for each other only.

How safe is it?

The new chip has been shipped in mode SX and three cars. Each Tesla computer has two Artificial chips. It is a redundant design for better safety. There are a lot of redundancy features that make sure that if a sensor component camera or power supply fails, the care is still safe and drivable. Each chip makes its own assessment of what the car should do next. The computer compares the two assessments. If the chips agree, the car takes the action. If the chips disagree the car just throws away the frame of the video data and twice again.

Designing

The FSD computer is designed to be retrofitted into existing tesla models. Therefore largely the same in terms of form factor and input-output. The computer itself just fits behind the gloves compartment. The full self-driving computer can be installed by a technician. It is the same slot as the prior autopilot hardware 2.5 board, consisting of two independent full self-driving chips. Each runs at 2 gigahertz and performs 36 trillion operations per second running the full software stack. The full-size driving computer dissipates 72 watts of electricity.

Nvidia vs Tesla's AI chips-

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Even though Tesla’s Artificial Intelligence Chipvidia’s new full self-driving chip consumes up to 500 watts. It is 7 times more than that of Tesla’s AI chip. Also too expensive being unsuitable for tesla’s needs. Tesla’s FSD computer enables a new level of safety and autonomy in the Tesla vehicles without impacting the cost of range.

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Even the strongest engine bearer lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning-II is lagging behind Tesla's Artificial Intelligence chip
F-35 fighter jet

There are so many problems with the F-35. It takes the whole process to understand the whole mechanism. We will look into some brief points.

  • Helmet display issue – For the perfect shooting, the pilot needs to shoot the missile by pointing the target through his helmet.
  • Oxygen issues– F-35 A pilots reported physiological incidents. After this, they now have to carry backup oxygen supplies.
  • Supersonic transitions

The Pentagon’s latest assessment is very brutal about this expensive craft in an annual report. It designated 276 deficiencies in the combat performance as “critical to correct”.

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