VW to launch self-driving MicroBus with Nvidia AI

Randall Padilla
January 9, 2018

Also Nvidia commented that it embedded its artificial intelligence technology into the Volkswagen's "future line" by using its new Drive IX platform.

Drive IX is the artificial intelligence layer that Nvidia says will enable automakers to incorporate automotive data into the user experience and operational controls of the vehicle.

Samples of the Xavier processor, which can deliver 30 trillion deep learning operations per second and only use 30 watts of power, will be delivered to customers this quarter.

"We developed the entire stack of autonomous vehicle software", Huang said.

The artificial intelligence tech built by Nvidia is being used by Uber's self-driving auto fleets in Pittsburgh and Phoenix, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Diess added, "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning". The two companies announced that they are in a self-driving vehicle relationship for the long haul. CEO Jensen Huang describes the Pegasus, powered by two of the company's powerful Drive Xavier chips, as a "Level 5 self-driving auto". In a recent test drive powered by Nvidia's platform, a test vehicle completed an 8-mile drive that included 23 intersections, 8 hard turns and two stop signs.

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.

The AI infusion will give the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz "Intelligent Co-Pilot" capabilities, which will include convenience and driver assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the auto.

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.

Nvidia said development of the Uber self-driving programme had gained steam, with one million autonomous miles being driven in just the past 100 days. Production vehicles utilizing AI self-driving technologies from NVIDIA, ZF and Baidu are expected on the roads of China starting in 2020.

The chipmaker also unveiled its Drive AR platform, which is an augmented reality SDK for the AI auto.

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