Nvidia teams up with Uber, VW for self-driving, AI tech

Ivan Schwartz
January 9, 2018

Jensen Huang, Chief Executive of Nvidia, made an announcement about the two new platforms with his CES keynote address. According to NVIDIA, almost a third of the world's passenger market is in China, making the country an apt ground for pioneering transportation solutions. Each of the three companies brings unique technologies together to serve this massive opportunity.

Nvidia has announced it will supply Uber and Volkswagen with its artificial intelligence chips for their self-driving auto projects. The first samples of the processor are being delivered to customers this quarter, he said. Its system is able to deliver 30 trillion operations per second. In addition to its extreme efficiency, Xavier also enables rich, diverse I/O connections to many different types of sensors.

Uber isn't the only one getting cozier to Nvidia and its self-driving tech. Nvidia didn't specify if Uber will deploy Xavier processors in the SUVs, or any other technical details about the partnership for that matter.

Volkswagen announced that it will use Nvidia's Drive IX platform in some of its upcoming vehicles, including the I.D. Buzz electric bus. "Today we have over 300 customers developing on Nvidia Drive". Apollo Pilot is an autonomous driving product targeted for mass production, which provides a safe, economical and comfortable autonomous driving experience.

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NVIDIA's solution takes that one step further by using nearly videogame like imagery to show drivers things like a route they've via the sat nav, or possible dangers they may not have been aware of. The technology will enable so-called "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities based on processing sensor data inside and outside the vehicle.

USA chipmaker Nvidia kickstarted the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 by unveiling the autonomous machine intelligence processor that will be at the heart of its over 320 self-driving collaborations.

Aurora was founded by Sterling Anderson, a former director of the semi-autonomous Autopilot program at Tesla; Drew Bagnell, who headed the autonomy and perception team at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center; and Urmson, the former head of Google's self-driving project.

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