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

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

Uber is also stepping out as an Nvidia customer, with news that the ride-share company has been using Nvidia GPUs for its AI computing system in its fleet of self-driving cars and trucks.

The coming Volkswagen I.D. Buzz microbus will be able to recognize your face as you approach it and set up the interior just the way you like it, thanks to the company's first use of Nvidia's artificial intelligence, it was announced at CES yesterday.

Drive Xavier combines all of Nvidia's specialties into a single chip, marrying the sheer power of the company's graphics processors with the deep learning AI capabilities Nvidia has been working on for years. 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.

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"Artificial intelligence is revolutionising the vehicle", said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess.

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

Diess added, "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning". VW Group plans to launch commercial fleets of self-driving electric vehicles in two to five cities beginning in 2021.

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As one of the world's top automotive suppliers, Germany-based ZF brings expertise for system integration of the vehicle computer and the sensors. CEO Jensen Huang describes the Pegasus, powered by two of the company's powerful Drive Xavier chips, as a "Level 5 self-driving vehicle".

Nvidia nvda just gave us another clue about Aurora Innovation, a one-year-old self-driving vehicle startup founded by autonomous vehicle veterans from Google, Tesla, and Uber. Nvidia will provide its Drive IX platform, its Intelligent Experience platform software development kit.

More than 25 companies already are using NVIDIA technology to develop fully autonomous robotaxis and Pegasus will be their path to production, the company says.

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For Nvidia, autonomous driving and a leadership position means more use cases for its GPUs, which are used for high-performance computing as well as the cloud.

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