NVIDIA Teams Up With Uber And VW On Self-Driving Cars

NVIDIA Teams Up With Uber And VW On Self-Driving Cars

China's Baidu and ZF have both committed to using the Nvidia Drive Xavier for their self-driving cars. "Nvidia is a key technology provider to Uber as we bring scalable self-driving cars and trucks to market". Nvidia also added that its first Xavier processors would be provided to customers this quarter.

The systems can be updated throughout the life of the vehicle via software updates, and can gain new capabilities as further developments are made in autonomous driving, Volkswagen said.

Huang and VW's CEO Dr Herbert Diess were on stage together at 2018 CES to discuss how the two companies are partnering to develop vehicle-based artificial intelligence.

Bets that Nvidia will become a leader in chips for driverless cars, data centers and artificial intelligence have more than doubled its stock price in the past 12 months, making the Silicon Valley company the third-strongest perfomer in the S&P 500 during that time.

Nvidia revealed that it is looking to use its Drive IX platform to power a new generation of Volkswagen vehicles, including the new I.D Buzz (pictured above), a remaster of the iconic MicroBus set to be released in 2020 and empowered with AI technology including self-driving ability.




Meanwhile, Uber has been using Nvidia's self-driving technology in its autonomous test cars for a while, though the companies are only just starting to talk about it this week.

The NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier is an upcoming system-on-chip designed specifically for self-driving applications.

For the even more demanding task of piloting fully autonomous taxis, two Xavier processors are teamed up to form what NVIDIA calls its Pegasus AI computing platform.

He told the audience that the tech is helping these cars better understand the world around them and make quick navigational decisions.

The expanded partnership anchors Nvidia more deeply in the automaking community, which sees 320 companies reliant on Nvidia Drive, according to Reuters. Drive IX analyses the automotive sensor data from within and outside the auto and provides the driver and passengers with its AI assistant technology that is able to recognize their face, voice and body gestures.

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