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Tesla, AMD May Be Teaming Up to Build Autopilot Chip for Cars

Tesla, AMD May Be Teaming Up to Build Autopilot Chip for Cars

A wheel of the Tesla Model S car is pictured at the electric carmaker Tesla showroom of El Corte Ingles store in Lisbon, on Sept. 1, 2017. (Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:24 PM

Tesla and AMD may be teaming up to build an autopilot chip for autonomous driving tasks in Tesla’s cars.

CNBC reported Tesla has received samples of the processor chip and is now running tests on it, according to sources.

Neither Tesla nor Advanced Micro Devices confirmed the report, but it was given added weight by comments during a conference Thursday by AMD spinoff Global Foundries CEO Sanjay Jha that suggested it is working hand-in-hand with Tesla on such a chip, The Verge reported.

The news that Tesla may use Advanced Micro Devices intellectual property to produce the chip sent AMD stocks rising nearly 5 percent Wednesday and continuing to rise after the trading day closed, CNBC reported.

Chip architect Jim Keller, formerly of AMD and Apple, and who designed the Apple A4 and A5 iPhone chips, is spearheading the project for Tesla, CNBC said, adding that several other AMD veterans also have been brought on board to work on the project.

A spokesperson from Global Foundries, a semi-conductor maker, later said Jha’s comments were misconstrued and that he was merely listing Tesla as one of several companies that have said they want to work closely with companies like his, not that Tesla is actually doing so, The Verge reported.

Tesla has said that it expects driverless cars to be fully operational by 2019. Toyota, Audi, and Volvo are among other car companies working on autonomous vehicles as well.

Twitter users weren’t sure whether to believe the news and questioned the reliability of driverless cars with so many hackers in the world.

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