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Tesla Motors Purchased $1Mn Data Storage System For New Autopilot Program

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Tesla acquired an InfiniBox with mininum capacity of two petabytes to collect more autonomous data for the new Autopilot program

Last month, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced a fully self-driving hardware suite with plans to work on software by collecting data through global fleet of Tesla cars to reach full autonomy. With production and demand increasing, the automaker requires a robust infrastructure for data storage to support its fleet learning capability.

Electrek reported that Tesla recently invested in a new data storage system for its new Autopilot program and collecting more autonomous data through it. Moreover, a data storage company, INFINIDAT, is Tesla’s supplier for this project.

The publication quoted a source close to the matter which said the acquisition was done to store and analyze its growing data from the vehicle fleet. Tesla recently acquired a new InfiniBox system from its new supplier, founded by Moshe Yanai, who invented IBM’s XIV and EMC’s Symmetrix systems.

Mr. Yanai described the InfiniBox as a “high-performance enterprise data storage, eliminates performance, availability and scalability issues to accelerate critical business applications.”

The source said that Tesla acquired just one box with a minimum capacity of two petabytes of data and average cost of $1 million. The system is being promoted for applications that require top reliability and it includes triple-redundant data and power paths, including triple-redundant hardware that allows less than three seconds of downtime per year.

Tesla’s InfiniBox could be operational soon as the company could deliver about 15,000 vehicles with Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving Capability hardware suite by the end of 2016 to start storage of data with the new system.

The need for such a system is essential as the automaker plans to increase its annual vehicle production by over 10 times in 2018. The company has already collected hundreds of millions of miles of data through its existing Autopilot.

Electrek later reported that another source said the new InfiniBox is not for the Autopilot program. However, the automaker does not have any other initiatives that require such massive data storage other than the Autopilot program.

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