Nvidia pushes into computing, teams up with Uber and Volkswagen

Posted January 09, 2018

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

We haven't quite reached the age of self-driving cars being the norm, but Nvidia just might have figured out a way to get us there faster.

Nvidia has launched its Drive Xavier autonomous machine processors, with units being delivered to customers this quarter. "Hopefully we'll deliver the bus...it's a totally new platform [with] the hardware but the software and the components for autonomous driving".

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Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess joined Huang on stage to highlight the new VW I.D. Buzz, a prototype electric vehicle that Volkswagon hopes will cement its place as a market leader for AI computing in cars. These included product sampling and release specifics (Drive Xavier, Drive Pegasus), new vehicle partnerships, a 50%+ increase in software developer engagements in the past year, and a full software stack to sit on top of its Drive systems including functional safety, simulation and AR, and intelligent experience.

Aurora is just one of many companies lining up to work with Nvidia. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility, and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

Drive Xavier is the most complex system-on-a-chip (SoC) ever, with a whopping 9 billion transistors. A detailed roadmap has yet to be attached to the project but first cars using the platform are expected to be commercialized in China two years from now, the companies said. They're betting big on autonomous vehicles and their Drive IX technology is one of the most advanced platforms around.

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A total of 320 companies involved in self-driving cars across all sectors are now using Nvidia Drive.

Volkswagen is calling one suite of features offered by Drive IX "Intelligent Co-Pilot", which offers facial recognition that remembers your mug and unlocks the auto for you as you approach.

First, Volkswagen will be bringing co-pilot capabilities into its cars by infusing Nvidia AI solutions in assistance systems like Voice Assistant, gaze tracking and even leveraging real-time data for better driving.

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