Volkswagen, Uber to deploy Nvidia's technology for self driving

Volkswagen, Uber to deploy Nvidia's technology for self driving

X Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang announced new deals with Volkswagen (VLKAY), Uber, ZF and Baidu (BIDU).

Drive IX is the artificial intelligence layer that, according to Nvidia, will enable automakers to incorporate automotive data into the user experience and operational controls of the vehicle. "It starts with, of course, building a brand-new type of processor we call the Drive Xavier, an autonomous machine processor that is able to do deep learning, perception, has the ability to do parallel computing and also computer vision and high-performance computing at very, very energy-efficient levels".

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

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. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility, and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

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

Nvidia Corp., trying to spread its industry-leading graphics chip technology into new areas, said Uber Technologies Inc. and Volkswagen AG will use its artificial intelligence expertise to help bring self-driving cars to the roads.

Nvidia talked a lot about the technical detail around its autonomous vehicle hardware and software during its CES 2018 keynote, but it also had a lot to say about how its technology would be used, too.

Basically, whatever futuristic interactions you might have with your Volkswagen vehicle are probably going to be powered by this AI architecture on the auto, and without requiring help from the cloud. The technology will enable intelligent co-pilot capabilities based on processing sensor data, both inside and outside the vehicle. "We've been working with NVIDIA on developing on-vehicle chips for autonomous driving, which aims to accelerate the pace of mass production of autonomous vehicles".

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