Uber and Volkswagen partner with Nvidia on self-driving AI chips

09 January, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Lester Mason
  • At CES 2018, Nvidia launches Xavier, an effort to meld autonomous driving and AI

Nvidia is also collaborating with Uber, to put AI in its self-driving fleet; Baidu and ZF, to create an AI autonomous vehicle platform based on Drive Xavier, Baidu's Apollo Pilot, and ZF's ProAI auto computer; and Aurora, to deliver a modular and scalable Drive Xavier platform for self-driving vehicles.

Ride-sharing service Uber has selected Nvidia technology for the AI computing system in its fleet of self-driving vehicles, Huang said. But the company operated largely in secret until last week when it announced partnerships with Volkswagen Group and Hyundai.

Electric versions of the iconic Volkswagen van were originally announced in 2015, while the non-electric originals ceased production in 2003.

"We'll be looking to do this 2020-21", said VW CEO Dr Herbert Diess. "Working with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future".

"In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality", said Jensen Huang, ceo of chipmaker Nvidia, which will power AI on the microbus. Nvidia is also adding three new variants of its DRIVE AI platform to its customers, including Uber and VW.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech.

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Notably, the first samples of the Xavier Drive will be rolled out in 2018's first quarter.

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. Its system is able to deliver 30 trillion operations per second.

NVIDIA has previously teamed up with the likes of Tesla and China's Baidu.

Called NVIDIA Drive AR, the software is created to give drivers much more information about what's around them, as well as vehicle info.

Nvidia said development of the Uber self-driving programme had gained steam, with one million autonomous miles being driven in just the past 100 days. Additionally, Nvidia plans to ship the first samples of the Pegasus motherboard by the middle of the year. It will help the so-called "Smart copter" has better capabilities based on data from sensors located inside and outside the auto.

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