Nvidia joins Uber and Volkswagen trio to work on self-driving technology.
Nvidia Corp has decided to under partnership with Uber Technologies Inc and Volkswagen AG, as the graphics chipmaker’s artificial intelligence platforms make further gains in the autonomous vehicle industry.
Interestingly, the company already has partnerships in the industry with companies like Tesla and China’s Baidu, makes computer graphics chips, and has also been expanding into technology for self-driving cars.
Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, while talking with the audience at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas said that Uber’s self-driving car fleet was using Nvidia technology to help its autonomous cars perceive the world and make split-second decisions.
Uber has been using Nvidia’s GPU computing technology since its first test fleet of Volvo SC90 SUVS was deployed in 2016 in Pittsburgh and Phoenix.
Nvidia said that the development of the Uber self-driving program had gained steam, with one million autonomous miles being driven in just the past 100 days.
Nvidia added that it was infusing its artificial intelligence technology into With a Volkswagens future lineup, using its new Drive IX platform. The technology will enable so-called “intelligent co-pilot” capabilities based on processing sensor data inside and outside the car.
Till now, there are about 320 companies involved in self-driving cars – whether software developers, automakers and their suppliers, sensor and mapping companies – are using Nvidia Drive, formerly branded as the Drive PX2, Nvidia said.
Nvidia also said that its first Xavier processors would be delivered to customers this quarter. The system on a chip delivers 30 trillion operations per second using 30 watts of power.