Email from Elon to Tesla employees:
Tesla needs a few hundred more internal participants in the full self-driving program, which is about to accelerate significantly with the introduction of the Tesla designed neural net computer (known internally as Hardware 3). This has over 1000% more capability than HW2!
Not clear when wide-scale Hardware 3 testing will begin (or whether it’s begun already). Also not clear what software features employees will be (or already are) testing.
The main takeaway for me is that Hardware 3 has “over 1000% more capability than HW2”. Previously Elon had tweeted the increase would be somewhere between 500% and 2000%.
Based on my previous surmisings, this means that HW3 has over 100 teraops of neural network processing.
Edit (Dec. 31): Small update to this story. As was the case previously, employees who participate in the Full Self-Driving testing program get a free premium interior (a $5,000 value).