DeepScale, a Tesla subsidiary

 Prior to founding DeepScale, Forrest Iandola and Kurt Keutzer collaborated on improving the efficiency of deep neural networks (DNNs) at the University of California, Berkeley. Iandola, Keutzer, and their collaborators published SqueezeNet, a small and energy-efficient DNN for computer vision, shortly after the founding of DeepScale in 2016. 



Deepscale usage in car


The company was able to run deep learning on scaled-down computing hardware like smartphones and automotive-grade chips by designing smaller DNNs. In 2018, the company announced that its engineering team had progressed beyond SqueezeNet and had produced even faster and more accurate DNNs for commercial applications.

Deepscale

In September 2015 Forrest Iandola and Kurt Keutzer co-founded DeepScale.  DeepScale raised $15 million in Series A funding in 2018. In 2018, the company revealed strategic collaborations with Visteon and Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision GmbH, among others. Tesla, a company that works on autonomous vehicle technologies, bought the company on October 1, 2019 (reported by CNBC).


Acquisition by Tesla

The agreement could aid Tesla's goal of delivering cars with advanced driver-assistance systems capable of being rented out as "robo taxis" on an Uber-like network without the need for drivers. However, like all automakers, Tesla is constrained by the computational capabilities it can incorporate into its vehicles.

Deepscale technology

DeepScale's technology was created to help automakers power very accurate computer vision with low-wattage processors, which are common in most vehicles. Sensors, visualization, planning, and control systems work together with these processors to help cars understand what's going on around them.

Tesla bought DeepScale, according to CNBC on October 1, 2019. "It's clear that DeepScale's technology will be incorporated into Tesla's Autopilot, the self-driving technology the company is currently working on," Fortune said. 

Furthermore, according to CNET, "DeepScale's approach to autonomy fits into Musk's larger vision, which he's been promoting for a few years. Rather than relying on LiDAR, Musk has maintained that cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors would be enough to create a reliable device without any additional hardware."

Aside from DeepScale, Tesla has acquired at least five other firms, including SolarCity in 2016 and a battery technology company, Maxwell Technologies, in early 2019.

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