Nvidia Unveils Beastly CPU For Self-Driving Cars

The Nvidia Drive Xavier SoC

Nvidia is all set to establish its own perch at the CES 2018 with its expansive innovation on GPU chips that embrace AI-based solutions in the vehicle industry, starting with Uber and Volkswagen.

Now there is. Going forward, the self-driving fleets of Uber and its trucking subsidiary Otto will be powered by the Nvidia Drive Pegasus. Nvidia revealed a lot of details about its Xavier AI processors at this year's CES show in Las Vegas. "Hopefully we'll deliver the bus...it's a totally new platform [with] the hardware but the software and the components for autonomous driving".

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

The Xavier processor has more than 9 billion transistors and is the most complex system on a chip ever created, Huang says, yet it requires a fraction of the electricity to run than far less powerful processors.

Uber isn't the only one getting cozier to Nvidia and its self-driving tech.

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Nvidia is pushing Drive IX as the ultimate SDK for vehicle safety and convenience.

Nvidia's AI offerings are being used by Uber to help its autonomous fleet make perceptions about the environment it drives through, and make decisions based on that information.

The AI infusion will give the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz "Intelligent Co-Pilot" capabilities, which will include convenience and driver assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the vehicle.

Bets that Nvidia will become a leader in chips for driverless cars, data centers and artificial intelligence have more than doubled its stock price in the past 12 months, making the Silicon Valley company the third-strongest perfomer in the S&P 500 during that time. It's already working with the likes of electric vehicle pioneer Tesla and China's Baidu. Platforms such as Drive IX and Drive AR, an augmented reality system, work using Xavier.

To date, 320 companies involved in the autonomous vehicle industry, whether software developers, auto manufacturers and their suppliers, sensor and card companies, use Nvidia Drive, formerly called Drive PX2.

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