Tesla highlights next-gen autonomy with FSD beta in AI recruitment call

Tesla has highlighted its vast neural network for the Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta, this time as a call to recruitment for people interested in working on the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) team.

On Friday, the Tesla AI page on X shared a post featuring video from the automaker’s vehicles, followed by job listings, including two AI Research Scientist roles, one for the broader foundation models and another for generative modeling within the subject.

In the post, Tesla also writes that “Tesla AI is building next-generation autonomy on a single foundation video network that directly drives the car,” adding that users should “Join the team and build state-of-the-art end-to-end models using massive fleet data on one of the world’s largest training clusters.

The post also shows off 15 separate frames of footage showing front-facing angles from the company’s vehicles, as you can see below.

In addition to the two jobs posted on X, Tesla has several open positions within the Autopilot and Robotics arm of the company listed on its careers website. These listings feature roles such as the Senior Software Engineer for Autopilot AI deployment, the Data Annotation Specialist and Supervisor, the Senior Distributed Storage Engineer, the Senior Software Integration Engineer and many more.

The post also comes ahead of Tesla’s release of the FSD version 12, which is expected to feature end-to-end AI and drop the “beta” moniker, while moving away from the use of several lines of human code to a 99-percent AI system and neural network based on vast amounts of video. Just over a week ago, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that FSD v12 was rolling out to employees with a simple “Yes” response to someone asking about the version on X.

Musk also called the alpha build of the FSD v12 back in August, even going on to call the software “mind-blowing.” In October, the FSD beta program officially surpassed 500,000 cumulative miles driven, representing a significant milestone as the system continues to improve as its AI is trained on real-world data.

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Tesla highlights next-gen autonomy with FSD beta in AI recruitment call


Tesla looks to convert Cybertruck reservations into sales before end of year with $1k discount

Tesla is looking to convert Cybetruck reservations into more sales by offering a $1,000 discount on any of its other vehicles before the end of the year.

Tesla launched the Cybertruck yesterday at its Delivery Event in Austin, Texas, but it won’t start making deliveries to more people until 2024 for the Dual Motor and “Cyberbeast” trims, while the Single Motor Rear-Wheel-Drive configuration won’t launch until 2025.

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With people expecting to wait for what could be a considerable amount of time before they take delivery of their Cybertruck, the automaker is attempting to turn those reservations into sales by offering a $1,000 discount on the purchase or lease of a new Tesla. The order must be submitted by December 31:

Tesla is sitting just north of 1.3 million units delivered so far this year globally, with its goal to still reach the 1.8 million unit bogey that it set for itself. Tesla has pulled out several discounts and other moves to push deliveries upward, as we are now in the final month of 2023.

Additionally, with somewhere between 1 million and 2 million people waiting for their Cybertruck, it might be a year or two before they actually take delivery. Many may have expected to have a Cybertruck in their garage or driveway sooner than that, and may have lined up previous vehicle purchases or leases with this year’s release of the all-electric pickup.

With delivery timelines being pushed into 2024 and 2025, Tesla is hoping to keep customers with this discount, which will also result in more deliveries in hopes of reaching the 1.8 million unit goal for 2023.

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Tesla looks to convert Cybertruck reservations into sales before end of year with $1k discount


Tesla posts behind the scenes footage of Cybertruck’s “bullet test” demo

Back in October, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that a Cybertruck that was sighted driving around with bullet marks underwent some “Al Capone-style” testing with a Tommy Gun. A video of the test, plus some more, were shared by the electric vehicle maker during the all-electric pickup truck’s first delivery event. 

While showing off the production Cybertruck, Elon Musk shared a video of how the bullet test was conducted. As could be seen in the video, the Cybertruck really did weather the shots from a Tommy Gun. The doors of the all-electric pickup truck were dented, yes, but the bullets did not pierce the vehicle at all. 

As it turns out, however, Tesla has even more footage of the Cybertruck’s bullet test. Uploaded on the official Cybertruck account on X, the behind-the-scenes video of the bullet test revealed that four types of guns were tested on the all-electric pickup truck. Apart from the Tommy Gun that was featured in Musk’s video, the Cybertruck was also shot with a Glock, an MP5-SD, and a shotgun. 

As noted by Wes, a lead Cybertruck engineer, the Cybertruck was not really designed to be bulletproof, but if the vehicle were to weather literal shots from guns, then all the better. The Cybertruck was simply designed to be strong, but it’s icing on the cake if it happens to be bulletproof as well — at least to a point.

During the Tommy Gun test, the Tesla engineers were pleasantly surprised when they opened the Cybertruck door and found no interior damage at all. The same was true for the other tests, like the Glock and the MP5-SD. Even the shotgun test, which would likely have breached any other pickup truck in the market, was not enough to break the Cybertruck. 

The shotgun’s shots gave the Cybertruck the most damage, as the windows of the vehicle were cracked as a result of the test. Despite this, however, the Cybertruck still functioned normally after, so much so that it towed a Ford truck that did not survive the bullet test afterwards. 

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Tesla posts behind the scenes footage of Cybertruck’s “bullet test” demo