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Uber and Volkswagen partner with Nvidia on self-driving AI chips

09 January 2018, 02:08 | Gordon Grant

CES 2018: NVIDIA CEO Unveils Drive AR Platform for Autonomous Vehicles

At CES 2018, Nvidia launches Xavier, an effort to meld autonomous driving and AI

The actual AI chip going into Uber and Volkswagen's cars is called Xavier, which Nvidia first announced in 2016.

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. These "mobility-as-a-service" fleets-a system VW Group is now developing-will initially include smaller self-driving vehicles that people can hail as well as larger vans.

At the start of the giant 2018 International CES show Sunday night, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess joined NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang on stage to discuss how artificial intelligence is transforming the auto industry and pointed to VW's I.D. Buzz concept, shown at the North American International Auto Show previous year, as an example of what future personal mobility will look like. This is just one of the many partnerships that NVIDIA has inked to further its position in the self-driving technology arena.

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.

Diess added, "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

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Volkswagen and Nvidia have announced that the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept will use Nvidia's Artificial Intelligence technology to give it "Intelligent Co-Pilot capabilities". They're betting big on autonomous vehicles and their Drive IX technology is one of the most advanced platforms around.

He told the audience that the tech is helping these cars better understand the world around them and make quick navigational decisions. Uber's self-driving fleet, which is made up of both cars and freight trucks, have completed over 50,000 journeys as the company looks to push closer to a public launch within the near future. Best known for its graphics chips, NVIDIA has seriously been working on developing self-driving auto technology.

NVIDIA has previously teamed up with the likes of Tesla and China's Baidu. The technology will enable intelligent co-pilot capabilities based on processing sensor data, both inside and outside the auto.

Drive AR, the first of the new software platforms, lets developers harness a car's Xavier chip to visualize the data generated by its sensors for passengers.



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