Nvidia will partner with Uber and Volkswagen for self-driving cars development

At CES 2018, Nvidia launches Xavier, an effort to meld autonomous driving and AI

Nvidia is already working with a multitude of partners on Drive Xavier and Drive AV, including a partnership with Uber that will eventually lead to self-driving rideshare vehicles. "Hopefully we'll deliver the bus...it's a totally new platform [with] the hardware but the software and the components for autonomous driving".

Touted by Nvidia as the "world's most powerful SoC (system on a chip)", Xavier was built to process Level 5 autonomous driving data from a vehicle's radar, cameras, Lidar and ultrasonic systems with more energy efficiency and a smaller form factor than anything else on the market. Uber hasn't settled on a supplier of trucks for its future autonomous freight-hauling business, however. Meanwhile automakers have announced collaborations with multiple companies as they try to work out what's the best way to remove the need for drivers.

Still, Nvidia argues that the development of Uber's autonomous vehicle program has gained momentum, with 1 million miles spent with such cars in the past 100 days.

As one of the world's top automotive suppliers, Germany-based ZF brings expertise for system integration of the auto computer and the sensors.

Called NVIDIA Drive AR, the software is created to give drivers much more information about what's around them, as well as vehicle info. The collaboration will initially focus on "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities, which includes convenience systems that analyze sensors within the vehicle.




Although this technology is still in the early stages, Nvidia has achieved considerable success in the market.

United States 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.

With the Nvidia platform, users will be able to enhance systems throughout the life of the vehicle via software updates, and gain new capabilities as further developments are made in autonomous driving.

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.

And it's also formed a partnership with Silicon Valley-based tech start-up Aurora.

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