The chip maker has made a serious investment in the smart auto industry for next-generation vehicles.
"Nvidia today shifted its autonomous driving leadership into high gear," touted Nvidia in an official blog post from the Consumer Electronics Show last week. At CES, the company "unveiled artificial intelligence technology that will let cars sense the world around them and pilot a safe route forward." At CES, the company unveiled a handful of new auto-centric developments: the DRIVENet deep neural network, the Drive PX 2, and the Nvidia DriveWorks system. All of these are tailored towards Nvidia's goal of "Enabling Cars to See, Think, and Learn."
The Drive PX 2 reportedly has the processing power of 150 MacBook Pro computers, and provides a platform to help cars process data such as location, navigation, surroundings, hardware sensors, and more. DRIVENet, meanwhile, mimics the capabilities and potential of 37 million neurons, and helps the car learn over time. And since a smart car needs programs and applications, DriveWorks is a software development kit released by Nvidia for developers to create software for Drive PX and Drive CX. While all these developments are state-of-the-art for the auto industry, Nvidia has acknowledged that there is still a long way to go. "There's so much more to do," explained CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, not only do we want to recognize objects, we want to recognize circumstances." According to Nvidia, their autonomous car pilot program should be live with over 100 vehicles operating in Sweden in 2017.
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