Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Nvidia will partner with Uber and Volkswagen for self-driving cars development

Xavier processor will be delivered to customers this quarter for testing and go into production later this year Xavier processor will be delivered to customers this quarter for testing and go into production later this year
Heather Davidson | 09 January, 2018, 02:08

"Volkswagen's work with NVIDIA DRIVE IX technology will make that a reality".

"Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the vehicle", Deiss says.

NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, available this quarter, is the autonomous machine processor at the heart of this functionally safe system.

At the start of the giant 2018 International CES show Sunday night, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess joined NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang on stage to discuss how artificial intelligence is transforming the auto industry and pointed to VW's I.D. Buzz concept, shown at the North American International Auto Show past year, as an example of what future personal mobility will look like.

Nvidia has had a stellar past year, with its share price doubling since the same period in 2017.

The company just took the wraps off Drive Xavier: an incredibly powerful system-on-a-chip (SoC) meant to power the next generation of autonomous vehicles. "Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning". Xavier is a complete system-on-a-chip processor that's essentially an AI brain for self-driving cars. But the company operated largely in secret until last week when it announced partnerships with Volkswagen Group and Hyundai.

With Volkswagen, Nvidia said it was imbuing its artificial intelligence technology into the German automobile company's future lineup, using their new Drive IX platform. Two Xavier chipsets form part of a larger Nvidia platform for AI and self-driving, dubbed Pegasus.

Uber uses the computer technology of the Nvidia GPU from its first test vehicle - the Volvo SC90. Production vehicles utilizing AI self-driving technologies from NVIDIA, ZF and Baidu are expected on the roads of China starting in 2020.

The AI infusion will give the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz "Intelligent Co-Pilot" capabilities, which will include convenience and driver assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the auto.

Volkswagen also announced an expansion of its partnership with the chipmaker at CES to bring self-driving tech to its cars going forward.

The expanded partnership anchors Nvidia more deeply in the automaking community, which sees 320 companies reliant on Nvidia Drive, according to Reuters.

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