Uber and Volkswagen Collaborate with AI Firm to Develop Self-Driving Cars

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Nvidia collaborated with Uber and Volkswagen to develop sensory technology for autonomous cars. Graphics chipmaker’s artificial intelligence platforms is gaining traction in the autonomous vehicle industry.

CEO Jensen Huang announced at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas on January 8, 2017 that Uber’s self-driving car fleet will be using Nvidia technology to help its autonomous cars perceive the world and make split-second decisions. Uber has been using Nvidia’s GPU computing technology since its first test fleet of Volvo SC90 SUVS were deployed in 2016 in Pittsburgh and Phoenix.

Nvidia stated that development of the Uber self-driving programme had gained traction with one million autonomous miles being driven in past 100 days. Nvidia is infusing its artificial intelligence technology into the Volkswagen using new Drive IX platform. The technology will enable intelligent co-pilot capabilities based on processing of sensor data inside and outside the car.

A total of 320 companies are involved in self-driving cars. Nvidia is expected to become a leader in chips for driverless cars, data centers, and artificial intelligence. According to Artificial Intelligence in Telecommunication Market report published by Coherent Market Insights, Artificial intelligence (AI) is group of methodology that focus on formation of intelligent machines with the help of human intelligence such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. Company stated that software developers, carmakers and their suppliers, sensor and mapping companies are using Nvidia Drive, formerly branded as the Drive PX2. First Xavier processors of the company would be delivered to customers in 2018. The system on a chip delivers 30 trillion operations per second using 30 watts of power.


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