Nvidia signals expansion in AI with Uber, Volkswagen partnerships

Tammy Harvey
January 9, 2018

Computing power and energy consumption are considered by many in the auto industry to be major roadblocks to fully autonomous vehicles in the future, but chip- and software-producer NVIDIA announces several new products at the CES show here that appear to solve these issues.

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.

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. 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.

"We'll be looking to do this 2020-21", said VW CEO Dr Herbert Diess.

Nvidia has announced it will supply Uber and Volkswagen with its artificial intelligence chips for their self-driving vehicle projects.

Graphics chip giant Nvidia on Sunday unveiled the next generation of its autonomous driving stack powered by Xavier, the company's $2 billion R&D bet on automotive AI. This is just one of the many partnerships that NVIDIA has inked to further its position in the self-driving technology arena. "Working with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future".

Nvidia is pushing Drive IX as the ultimate SDK for vehicle safety and convenience.

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.

USA chipmaker Nvidia kickstarted the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 by unveiling the autonomous machine intelligence processor that will be at the heart of its over 320 self-driving collaborations.

NVIDIA has previously teamed up with the likes of Tesla and China's Baidu. VW officials said they would use the technology to create an "intelligent co-pilot" to assist drivers.

Volkswagen also announced an expansion of its partnership with the chipmaker at CES to bring self-driving tech to its cars going forward.

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