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Nvidia unveils new self-driving auto tech, Uber partnership at CES

09 January 2018
Nvidia unveils new self-driving auto tech, Uber partnership at CES

Our scalable and modular approach enables us to upgrade to our new ProAI based on NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, and integrate the Baidu Apollo Pilot.

Samples of the Xavier processor, which can deliver 30 trillion deep learning operations per second and only use 30 watts of power, will be delivered to customers this quarter.

The systems can be updated throughout the life of the vehicle via software updates, and can gain new capabilities as further developments are made in autonomous driving, Volkswagen said.

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 will help Volkswagen put out its new ID Buzz, the reimatining of the VW MicroBus in electric vehicle form and equipped with AI for the cockpit, self-driving and safety.

Uber, the largest ride-hailing company, will use Nvidia processors and software for its forthcoming fleet of self-driving vehicles, the chipmaker's Chief Executive Officer Jen-Hsun Huang said at the CES consumer electronics show Sunday in Las Vegas.

Nvidia has had a stellar past year, with its share price doubling since the same period in 2017. "Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

Xavier's specs include 9 billion transistors, a custom version of the company's powerful Volta GPU, and a whole bunch of other complex numbers that make Xavier the biggest chip of its kind.

NVIDIA has previously teamed up with the likes of Tesla and China's Baidu. Volkswagen will also work with Drive AR, a new augmented reality-based SDK that works off the same Nvidia technology platform.

Volkswagen and Nvidia's co-piloting system will provide convenience and assistance features using sensors inside and outside the vehicle. "We've been working with NVIDIA on developing on-vehicle chips for autonomous driving, which aims to accelerate the pace of mass production of autonomous vehicles". The collaboration will initially focus on "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities, which includes convenience systems that analyze sensors within the auto.