It’s time to celebrate: Tesla’s CEO and co-founder, Elon Musk just shared a post on Twitter that he’ll be hosting a hackathon at his house in four weeks’ time with his Tesla AI/Autopilot team and “others.”
You can bet people will be waiting with bated breath for their invitations by their technological mailboxes in the coming days and weeks.
The whole point of the hackathon is to brainstorm ideas to enable Teslas to become fully self-driving. There’s one piece of the puzzle still missing, and Musk believes it’s time to complete it.
The original plan was for Tesla’s feature-complete self-driving system to be done and dusted before the end of 2019. However, as the company’s running behind on its tech development, Musk is taking matters into his own hands and into his own house.
On Sunday, Musk tweeted that he’d be holding a “super fun” AI party and hackathon at his house in four weeks’ time. Tesla’s AI-driving team will be there and Musk plans to invite other developers to join in on the party to bounce ideas off each other.
AI developers from around the world have a chance to join Musk and his team by simply sending a tweet to Musk. What’s even better is that developers don’t need to hold a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence, or to have completed high school.
What is Musk looking to achieve?
Clear and simple: feature-complete self-driving electric vehicles. Tesla is looking to sell cars that can drive themselves from “home” to “work” under human supervision but without any physical assistance.
Currently, Tesla has the Smart Summon feature, which enables the vehicles to be summoned to their owners in car parks or to operate slow speed parking. Furthermore, it also already has Autopilot and Navigate, features that allow the cars to operate high-speed navigation and lane-changing on highways.
What’s missing is the middle section: regular speed driving around roundabouts, at traffic lights, and other regular street-level obstacles.
Hence the hackathon.
Let’s see if these great minds will come up with a solution in a month’s time.