Nvidia Unveils Beastly CPU For Self-Driving Cars

Lucy Hill
January 9, 2018

The actual AI chip going into Uber and Volkswagen's cars is called Xavier, which Nvidia first announced in 2016. The overall contributions are understood to be relatively equal on all sides and will combine general artificial intelligence solutions with various related technologies meant to power the first commercially available autonomous vehicles in the Far Eastern country.

This solution is created not only for Chinese automakers, but any vehicle maker planning to do business in China, and can scale from super Level 2 automated driving capabilities to Level 5 fully autonomous robotaxis.

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.

Nvidia has announced a major expansion to its self-driving vehicle work, taking the wraps off new partnerships with Uber and Volkswagen at CES 2018.

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During the opening of the CES tech conference in Las Vegas, Nevada Nvidia boss Jensen Huang explained that Uber is using his company's AI technology in its fleet of developmental self-driving cars. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility, and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning". CEO Jensen Huang describes the Pegasus, powered by two of the company's powerful Drive Xavier chips, as a "Level 5 self-driving vehicle".

"Xavier is a key part of the Nvidia Pegasus AI computing platform". More than 320 companies are working with the company in their pursuit to develop self-driving technology, Huang said Sunday. CNET reported that one of the items on the roadmap is a computer vision system that can recognize auto owners when they approach and automatically unlock the door. And with our unified architecture, all previous NVIDIA DRIVE software development carries over and runs, Shapiro says.

Nvidia also unveiled its Drive IX and Drive AR kits. Drive IX analyses the automotive sensor data from within and outside the vehicle and provides the driver and passengers with its AI assistant technology that is able to recognize their face, voice and body gestures.

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