Nvidia partners with Uber, Volkswagen in self-driving technology

Posted January 09, 2018

Graphics chip specialist Nvidia is to work with Uber and car-maker Volkswagen on the development of an artificial intelligence platform for the self-driving vehicle market.

Nvidia revealed that it is looking to use its Drive IX platform to power a new generation of Volkswagen vehicles, including the new I.D Buzz (pictured above), a remaster of the iconic MicroBus set to be released in 2020 and empowered with AI technology including self-driving ability.

One of the vehicle company's teaming up with Nvidia is Volkswagen.

Electric versions of the iconic Volkswagen van were originally announced in 2015, while the non-electric originals ceased production in 2003.

Diess added, "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning". Launched by ex Google employee Chris Urmson, it's now working on a new self-driving vehicle platform based on Nvidia tech.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. In a recent test drive powered by Nvidia's platform, a test vehicle completed an 8-mile drive that included 23 intersections, 8 hard turns and two stop signs.

All of this is tied to the Drive Pegasus AI computing platform, which Nvidia says "delivers the performance of a trunk full of PCs in an auto-grade form factor the size of a license plate" with 320 trillion operations per second of processing power.

The announcement was made by Jensen Huang, CEO of the chip-making company at CES technology conference in Las Vegas where he made the keynote speech.

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. It will help the so-called "Smart copter" has better capabilities based on data from sensors located inside and outside the vehicle. Volkswagen will also work with Drive AR, a new augmented reality-based SDK that works off the same Nvidia technology platform.

Regardless, this is a big win for Nvidia, which is in a running gun battle with Intel to be the leader in hard part of self-driving cars: developing the AI and chips that actually drive them.