Cars Could Soon be Getting a Serious Upgrade With NVIDIA Drive AR

Robyn Ryan
January 9, 2018

"NVIDIA is a key technology provider to Uber as we bring scalable self-driving cars and trucks to market".

Notably, the first samples of the Xavier Drive will be rolled out in 2018's first quarter. 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.

At the CES event, Nvidia also announced two software development kits for artificial intelligence and augmented reality in vehicles.

Last year Nvidia revealed its Xavier processor, a new chip that can power various AI features, including the Drive AV function that will allow self-driving cars. Xavier is a complete system-on-a-chip processor that's essentially an AI brain for self-driving cars.

Uber plans to use Nvidia's chips for its artificial intelligence system in a fleet of self-driving vehicles. 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. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility, and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

Nvidia has had a stellar past year, with its share price doubling since the same period in 2017. "Now, together with ZF, we have created the first AI autonomous vehicle computing platform for China".

Nvidia's big push into the world of autonomous vehicles has attracted a vast amount of customers for what is still early stage technology - over 320, by the company's count.

Nvidia's Huang said the company is involved in some of the hottest technology areas being discussed at CES 2018, which officially opens on Tuesday. In total, Nvidia is now collaborating with more than 320 companies on self-driving vehicle and truck initiatives worldwide, including carmakers, auto parts suppliers and information technology firms.

Volkswagen is calling one suite of features offered by Drive IX "Intelligent Co-Pilot", which offers facial recognition that remembers your mug and unlocks the vehicle for you as you approach.

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