Nvidia’s plan to penetrate the autonomous market attracted a lot of customers. During CES 2018, the company revealed that it’s finally going to make an AI chip designed for self-driving cars. It was first announced in 2016.
Among its partners are Uber, Baidu, and Aurora. That said, the company just gave us a clue about the future of Aurora Innovation, which is a self-driving car startup. AV veterans from Tesla, Uber, and Google founded this startup.
During the CES 2018, Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang revealed that Aurora would be using its Xavier processor as one of the key elements in its self-driving vehicle system. The said processor is the processing foundation of Aurora. As confirmed by Aurora’s CEO, Chris Urmson, the Nvidia Drive Xavier is an essential element of the self-driving car’s computer that can deliver performance it needs to power its self-driving system.
Uber, Baidu, Volkswagen, and Aurora are just a few of the companies that are planning to use the said processor. Over 320 companies are already working with Nvidia to develop their own self-driving technology.
Although Nvidia has been known as a processing chipmaker, the company is now branching into new technologies, including AI and self-driving cars. Xavier processor offers a complete system-on-a-chip processing system, which is considered as an AI brain for any self-driving system.
Xavier processor has a brand-new architecture that is speedier. It is also more robust that can unlock the power of AI. It can provide 30 trillion deep learning operations a second. What’s more interesting is that it only uses 30 watts of power. Samples of this processor will be delivered to its customers this quarter.
In April, Aurora unveiled its business model. Unfortunately, it operated in secret. However, last week, it revealed its partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen Group. The latter is planning to introduce commercial fleets of self-driving cars in up to five cities in 2021. Initially, the fleets will include small self-driving vehicles and larger vans.
Volkswagen, on the other hand, announced that it’s going to utilize Nvidia’s DriveIX platform in some of its vehicles, like the I.D. Buzz electric bus. The said platform is a kit that Nvidia has created to work with Xavier.
Volkswagen will also use it to build features, like facial recognition, natural language processing, etc. Furthermore, the car company will work with Drive AR, which is an AR-based SDK that works the same way as the Nvidia technology platform.
In the future, any futuristic interactions with your Volkswagen car will be powered by the said AI architecture without the use of the cloud.
For a while now, Uber is using the chipmaker’s self-driving technology. The taxi company is planning to use Nvidia’s tech in its self-driving fleets of Volvos and autonomous trucks. However, Uber didn’t reveal how much of the platform of Nvidia would it use.
Nvidia is in a race with Intel across different segments of the computing market. These companies like to boast each time they get customers.