Elon Musk teases Tesla AI Day for Summer 2021
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has praised his company's artificial intelligence and autopilot efforts on Twitter and has also given some details on the company’s efforts in these areas.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday evening, Musk said that Tesla was “making excellent progress solving real-world AI.” He also stated that there could be an AI day in late July this year.
On Twitter, Musk disclosed that Tesla would make the “beta button” available next month. This button would enable any Tesla vehicle user to download the company’s full-self driving software and become a tester, plus Tesla’s FSD subscription service will be released at the same time.
Tesla and AI
In the future, artificial intelligence will most likely revolutionise the way that businesses and society as a whole operates. In many ways, it already has. Tesla, renowned for its innovative automotive pioneering, produces not only cars but also technology that uses advanced AI to push those changes.
The company is known for its investment in artificial intelligence for self-driving technology, but the automaker has also been using its expertise in machine learning and other branches of AI to develop other features related to operating its vehicles.
For its autopilot system and FSD, Tesla uses computer vision, machine learning and AI. They have also created an automatic wiper feature, but not in the usual way which you would expect. Putting its computer vision system to the test, the innovative system uses a camera to detect rain and snowfall intensity and automatically adjusts the wipers based on that data.
The future of Tesla’s AI looks promising with developments underway; the options seem limitless, although some would warn of caution.
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”