Nvidia readying AI brain for fully autonomous cars

NVIDIA Unveils Drive PX Pegasus: Made To Power Fully Autonomous Vehicles

NVIDIA has unveiled its brand new Drive PX Pegasus board at GTC Europe 2017.

NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang today announced a powerful new computer that's meant for autonomous or self-driving cars. It delivers 320 trillion operations per second of computing power. Its new Pegasus systems are a better fit, the company added.

The new system, named Pegasus, extends the NVIDIA Drive PX AI computing platform to operate vehicles with Level 5 autonomy-without steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors. The first mass deployment of self-driving cars will likely involve shared vehicles that could supplant both taxi services and current ride-sharing services that rely on human drivers.

To reach Level 5 autonomy, DRIVE PX Pegasus is tasked with processing hordes of data from 360-degree cameras, LIDAR, GPS and an array of other sensors in order to keep track of other vehicles, pedestrians, and hazards along its driving route while doing so in a safe and efficient manner. The idea is to make vehicular travel a more relaxing and stress-free experience, as passengers are coddled in interiors that would more closely resemble your living room as opposed to a typical vehicle.


"Creating a fully self-driving vehicle is one of society's most important endeavors - and one of the most challenging to deliver", Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang said in a prepared statement. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Nvidia has learned from 225 partners, including Yandex NV, Zoox and NuTonomy, which are using its computing systems to bring autonomous capabilities to vehicles. It allows DHL to widen its bottleneck at that "last mile" stage by putting more vehicles on the road without debilitating cost nor by putting strain on its existing drivers. Data scientists who train their deep neural networks in the data center on the NVIDIA DGX-1™ AI supercomputer can seamlessly run on NVIDIA DRIVE PX inside the vehicle. The company also sees Pegasus finding use in the self-driving cars that are undergoing development today.

Nvidia plans to start shipping Pegasus units in the second half of 2018.

More so than most chip companies, Nvidia is benefiting from being in the right places at the right time. The shares were up another 2% to $188.72 in midday trading, after touching an all-time high of $192.95 earlier on Tuesday.

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