Nvidia unveils new self-driving vehicle tech, Uber partnership at CES

NVIDIA, Baidu & ZF Announce A Self-Driving Platform For China – CES 2018

X Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang announced new deals with Volkswagen (VLKAY), Uber, ZF and Baidu (BIDU).

Nvidia says Xavier only consumes 30 watts of power to perform 30 trillion, providing 15 times energy efficiency than its predecessors.

Nvidia used its pre-CES keynote address to confirm that its upcoming DRIVE Xavier chipset will be delivered to customers this quarter. "Hopefully we'll deliver the bus...it's a totally new platform [with] the hardware but the software and the components for autonomous driving".

"Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the auto", declared Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess in a statement. CEO Jensen Huang describes the Pegasus, powered by two of the company's powerful Drive Xavier chips, as a "Level 5 self-driving auto".

Nvidia's new Drive IX platform will become part of the technology for Volkswagen's global auto lineup using so-called "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities based on processing sensor data inside and outside the vehicle.

Diess added, "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Working with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future".

Graphics-chip maker Nvidia (NVDA) reinforced its leadership position in the autonomous driving market late Sunday, announcing new products and partnerships at a media event ahead of the annual CES consumer technology show.

"Developing safe, reliable autonomous vehicles requires sophisticated AI software and a high-performance GPU computing engine in the vehicle", said Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, in a statement.

The Drive X platform takes data from a range of sensors stored inside and outside the vehicle to enable "intelligent co-pilot", a feature that will increasingly be integrated into new cars in the future.

As of now, 320 companies involved in self-driving cars are making use of Nvidia Drive, formerly known as the Drive PX2. The collaboration will initially focus on "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities, which includes convenience systems that analyze sensors within the auto.

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