Nvidia collaborates with Uber, Volkswagen in self-driving technology

09 January, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Valerie Burke
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China's Baidu and ZF have both committed to using the Nvidia Drive Xavier for their self-driving cars. He says that the AR will soon become an integral part of the driving experience and will start being included in all the cars.

Nvidia also said its first Xavier processors would be delivered to customers this quarter. The processor will power Nvidia's Drive AV software, which includes everything a vehicle needs to work autonomously.

"Artificial intelligence is revolutionising the auto", said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. Nvidia, which recently squeezed a trunkful of computers onto a circuit board the size of a license plate, will supply the artificial intelligence hardware and software to replace Uber drivers, as well as freight truck drivers, in the future.

Nvidia's new Drive IX platform will become part of the technology for Volkswagen's global auto lineup using so-called "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities based on processing sensor data inside and outside the vehicle. "Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

Graphics chip giant Nvidia on Sunday unveiled the next generation of its autonomous driving stack powered by Xavier, the company's $2 billion R&D bet on automotive AI. They're betting big on autonomous vehicles and their Drive IX technology is one of the most advanced platforms around.

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Nvidia's technology will allow Uber vehicles to "sense" the world and to make split second decisions according to Reuters.

As one of the world's top automotive suppliers, Germany-based ZF brings expertise for system integration of the vehicle computer and the sensors.

Meanwhile, VW and Nvidia also announced a partnership during the keynote address, which will see Nvidia "infuse" AI into the automaker's future lineup.

Nvidia's Huang said the company is involved in some of the hottest technology areas being discussed at CES 2018, which officially opens on Tuesday.

For Nvidia, autonomous driving and a leadership position means more use cases for its GPUs, which are used for high-performance computing as well as the cloud.

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