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

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The arrangement says Uber's driverless cars will utilize Nvidia's new Xavier Drive chips, a new powerful and efficient chip built specifically for autonomous cars.

Drive AR, meanwhile, is geared toward infotainment applications and will essentially fuse computer vision, computer graphics and AI to power augmented reality interfaces inside a vehicle. Nvidia tech on Uber's autonomous vehicles and freight trucks will deliver advanced AI algorithms that will allow vehicles to understand the world around them, predict what's about to occur next, and determine the best action, be it in simple or complicated scenarios.

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.

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.

In conjunction, Nvidia announced a collaboration with Volkswagen that will see the Nvidia XI platform used for adding AI features to several upcoming vehicle models.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen has been working on creating new cockpit experiences and improving safety for its future vehicles by using NVIDIA's DRIVE IX AI platform.

Nvidia is known as a graphics processing chipmaker. To date, 320 companies are using its Drive X platform. BUZZ are "Intelligent Co-Pilot" capabilities, which will include convenience and assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the vehicle. In the near future, it is quite likely that all of the cars will come equipped with digital assistants like Alexa and Nvidia will help in its implementation. The Drive AI is based on the Pegasus and is made up of two Xavier SoCs coupled with two Nvidia GPU's. Many companies believe they'll have fully-autonomous vehicles available between 2020 and 2025.

It's a big screen for games, essentially. "We've been working with NVIDIA on developing on-vehicle chips for autonomous driving, which aims to accelerate the pace of mass production of autonomous vehicles". The DRIVE Xavier will form the core of the driverless platform that's now in development and will also become available to other manufacturers in the coming weeks, being set for a release in the current quarter of the year.

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