VW and NVIDIA partner on vehicle artificial intelligence

Posted January 09, 2018

Drive IX is the artificial intelligence layer that, according to Nvidia, will enable automakers to incorporate automotive data into the user experience and operational controls of the vehicle.

The key enabler of these advancements will be NVIDIA's Xavier processor, which will be delivered to customers this quarter for testing and go into production later this year, Huang says. "Hopefully we'll deliver the bus...it's a totally new platform [with] the hardware but the software and the components for autonomous driving".

Huang and VW's CEO Dr Herbert Diess were on stage together at 2018 CES to discuss how the two companies are partnering to develop vehicle-based artificial intelligence.

CEO Jensen Huang told an audience at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas that Uber's self-driving auto fleet was using Nvidia technology to help its autonomous cars perceive the world and make split-second decisions. "Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning". This is all part of NVIDIA's wider strategy for putting AI into cars, so that computers will one day completely drive you around, or provide you with safe and accurate info should you want to drive yourself.

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Graphics chip giant Nvidia on Sunday unveiled the next generation of its autonomous driving stack powered by Xavier, the company's $2 billion R&D bet on automotive AI. The Drive AI is based on the Pegasus and is made up of two Xavier SoCs coupled with two Nvidia GPU's.

Meanwhile, Uber has been using Nvidia's self-driving technology in its autonomous test cars for a while, though the companies are only just starting to talk about it this week.

Aurora was founded by Sterling Anderson, a former director of the semi-autonomous Autopilot program at Tesla; Drew Bagnell, who headed the autonomy and perception team at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center; and Urmson, the former head of Google's self-driving project. VW officials said they would use the technology to create an "intelligent co-pilot" to assist drivers.

The chipmaker's Nvidia Drive tech is also being adopted into the Drive IX platform on Volkswagen's future vehicle line-up.