Cars Could Soon be Getting a Serious Upgrade With NVIDIA Drive AR

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Lastly, Xavier processors will be part of DRIVE Pegasus (PX) AI platform of Nvidia which comes off from a $2billion investment for expanding processing power and possibilities in the AV industry. The announcement was made at the kick off of the Consumer Electronics Show. The company aims to gradually introduce autonomous driving starting in 2020.

The Drive X platform takes data from a range of sensors stored inside and outside the vehicle to enable "intelligent co-pilot", a feature that will increasingly be integrated into new cars in the future. They can also augment the output with external information.

The companies didn't provide financial details about the partnerships. According to Nvidia's press release, there's way more to it then letting Drive IX take the wheel or step on the brakes. Nvidia said the software enables carmakers to create virtual assistants capable of tapping the same sensory data as Drive AR. Rival chipmakers such as Intel Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. have also said their technology will be the key ingredient in new systems.

With the Nvidia partnership, Uber is adapting its approach after a tumultuous year that saw, among other things, the firing of the leader of its self-driving division, Anthony Levandowski.


"Developing safe, reliable autonomous vehicles requires sophisticated AI software and a high-performance GPU computing engine in the vehicle", said Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, in a statement.

All those vehicles will need chips to power their navigational systems. The Xavier processor, is essentially the processing foundation that Aurora will use to build on. Uber also plans to use Xavier in its eventual self-driving fleets of Volvos as well as the company's autonomous trucks.

Volkswagen announced that it will use Nvidia's Drive IX platform in some of its upcoming vehicles, including the I.D. Buzz electric bus. The two companies announced that they are in a self-driving vehicle relationship for the long haul.

Nvidia is working with more than 320 companies worldwide on other automotive applications and other current partnerships in the industry include Tesla, Baidu and Audi.

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