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Tesla Unveils AI5, Dismissing HW5 Name for Next-Generation Self-Driving Computer in 2025

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced new details about the company’s upcoming self-driving computer, dispelling expectations that it would be named Hardware 5 (HW5). Instead, Musk revealed it will be known as AI5 and is scheduled to be available in vehicles in the second half of 2025.

Following the initial fifteen months with HW4, Tesla’s current self-driving computer, the company aims to introduce further enhancements to its Full Self-Driving suite. AI5 is poised to be the most advanced version of Tesla’s hardware yet, expected to consume approximately four times the energy of HW3 and HW4, necessitating a more robust effort.

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Musk’s revelations coincided with the installation of large fans at the Gigafactory Texas site, where he confirmed power and cooling usage would rise from ~130MW to over 500MW in the next 18 months.

Regarding the AI hardware composition, Musk indicated a goal to use 50% Tesla AI hardware, with the rest comprising NVIDIA and other manufacturers’ components, predominantly HW4 with some Dojo.

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The introduction of AI5 is anticipated to coincide with Tesla’s Robotaxi unveiling event on August 8, indicating a potentially aggressive timeline for product rollout. Musk claimed that AI5 boasts roughly ten times the capability of HW4, suggesting significant advancements in self-driving technology.

Further details about AI5 are expected to be unveiled at the Robotaxi event in August, offering insights into Tesla’s autonomous driving strategy and the role of AI5 in shaping the future of transportation.

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