Nvidia partners with Uber, Volkswagen and Baidu

Nvidia partners with Uber, Volkswagen and Baidu

Xavier SoC features an octa-core custom CPU, a 512-core Volta GPU, 8K HDR video processors, and new deep learning and computer vision accelerators. It will help the so-called "Smart copter" has better capabilities based on data from sensors located inside and outside the vehicle.

The I.D. BUZZ is part of the I.D. family¹ with which Volkswagen will launch its electric vehicle campaign and gradually introduce autonomous driving capabilities starting in 2020. All of it will be autonomous.

Uber, the largest ride-hailing company, will use Nvidia processors and software for its forthcoming fleet of self-driving vehicles, the chipmaker's Chief Executive Officer Jen-Hsun Huang said at the CES consumer electronics show Sunday in Las Vegas.

He pointed out Xavier is, by far, the most complex project Nvidia has ever embarked on. "Volkswagen's work with NVIDIA DRIVE IX technology will make that a reality". "It can never fail because lives are at stake". For Nvidia customers, the Pegasus motherboard is pitched as the path to production for fully autonomous vehicles.

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And it's also formed a partnership with Silicon Valley-based tech start-up Aurora. We're already getting a taste of what AR can do in mobile devices, and this software platform for the AI vehicle will fuse computer vision, computer graphics and AI.

Nvidia's artificial intelligence technologies will play a crucial role in creating autonomous VWs such as the upcoming production version of the I.D. Buzz concept. From the start, the models based on the MEB architecture are planned to offer the very latest driver assistance systems to be prepared for the respective levels of autonomous driving that are available. It's safe to assume the technology will trickle down to other upcoming members of the German company's lineup, including more electric cars.

Nvidia is touting the tie-ups as a way of claiming leadership in the growing competition among component makers for whose technology will dominate the emerging field of self-driving cars.

Nvidia's venture into the automotive industry doesn't end there.

Volkswagen plan to introduce NVIDIA DRIVE IX platform in their vehicles to achieve an intelligent auto with new cockpit experiences and an improvement in safety. That involves dealing with the chaotic traffic on Chinese roads, a task that's easier said than done.