Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) Releases Advanced New Self-Driving Car Chip

NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) Releases Advanced New Self-Driving Car Chip

Now Nvidia unveils a new supercomputer that it believes will enable level 5 autonomous driving. NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus delivers over 320 trillion operations per second - more than 10x its predecessor, NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2.

The company is also allowing some designers and developers access to its Holodeck virtual reality development platform, which lets designers test ideas in a realistic 3-D world.

The firm claims that not only will this make journeys safer due to the fact that, unlike us crappy humans, self-driving vehicles are "never worn out, impaired of distracted", but also says that it will also help to reduce congestion and free up valuable land now used for auto parks.

The company introduced its new system called the Drive PX Pegasus, a new entry to the Drive PX family which can be used to power Level 5, fully autonomous cars without steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors. Nvidia is expecting the Drive PX Pegasus platform to be used first in driverless robotaxis, and it has over 25 partners working on that goal.

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"Creating a fully self-driving vehicle is one of society's most important endeavors - and one of the most challenging to deliver". "The breakthrough AI computing performance and efficiency of Pegasus is crucial for the industry to realize this vision". Plus, automakers will be able to create new types of vehicles that resemble offices or living rooms on wheels, Huang said. "The future of society will be reshaped", said Jensen Huang.

Pegasus will be available to Nvidia automotive partners in the second half of 2018.

DPDHL will outfit electric light trucks with the ZF ProAI self-driving system, based on NVIDIA DRIVE PX technology, for automating package transportation and delivery, including the "last mile" of deliveries. Nvidia hopes that this small package, around the size of a U.S. vehicle licence plate, will be able to replace the mountain of hardware now being used in many autonomous vehicles, giving manufacturers much more intelligence and efficiency.

To reach Level 5 autonomy, DRIVE PX Pegasus is tasked with processing hordes of data from 360-degree cameras, LIDAR, GPS and an array of other sensors in order to keep track of other vehicles, pedestrians, and hazards along its driving route while doing so in a safe and efficient manner. Such vehicles will have no conventional controls for its occupants to use. For a company concerned about total range, that should music to the ears. Graphics processors are good at small manipulations of visual data in parallel, and Nvidia argues that's ideal for the kind computing needed to make cars see the world around them.

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