Nvidia launches self-driving auto partnerships with Uber, Volkswagen


Nvidia revealed for the first time it's working with Uber uber , Baidu bidu , and Volkswagen vlkay .

Now there is. Going forward, the self-driving fleets of Uber and its trucking subsidiary Otto will be powered by the Nvidia Drive Pegasus.

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. "Hopefully we'll deliver the bus...it's a totally new platform [with] the hardware but the software and the components for autonomous driving".

At the opening press conference of CES 2018, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said that the collaboration is based on the new NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier™, ZF's new ProAI vehicle computer and Baidu's Apollo Pilot, an autonomous driving product targeted for mass production. The company has already launched the Drive AR SDK which will let developers build their apps on top of the Xavier platform.

Nvidia is working with more than 320 companies worldwide on other automotive applications and other current partnerships in the industry include Tesla, Baidu and Audi. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility, and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

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Nvidia has previously worked with auto manufacturers on A.I. features, including Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and the company's I.D. Buzz for Volkswagen "is aiming to go into production in 2022". "Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future".

Along with other electric vehicles, the I.D. Buzz will be based on Volkswagen's Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform, used across the Volkswagen Group range.

Nvidia is increasing its space in the world of autonomous vehicles and has attracted a huge amount of customers. In total, Nvidia is now collaborating with more than 320 companies on self-driving vehicle and truck initiatives worldwide, including carmakers, auto parts suppliers and information technology firms.

Nvidia's Huang said the company is involved in some of the hottest technology areas being discussed at CES 2018, which officially opens on Tuesday.