Nvidia launches self-driving vehicle partnerships with Uber, Volkswagen

Nvidia launches self-driving vehicle partnerships with Uber, Volkswagen

Nvidia launches self-driving vehicle partnerships with Uber, Volkswagen

Nvidia will partner with Uber Technologies and Volkswagen after its artificial intelligence platforms continue to gain momentum in the automotive industry.

The chipmaking firm has already developed a significant number of partnerships in order to push into the developing autonomous vehicle market, claiming that it is working with more than 320 other organisations, including Tesla.

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

Uber first worked with Nvidia in 2016, using its graphics processing power in its testing of the Volvo SC90, which were trialled in Pittsburgh and Phoenix. The auto tech company has been testing these vehicles in Pittsburgh and Phoenix since 2016.

"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, said in the statement.

Next, Nvidia is providing its AI technology to Uber for empowering self-driving vehicles, one news that breaks the transport tech company being traditionally secretive regarding its strategies in autonomous vehicles that makes it a leader in the transport tech race. However, it still managed to cover one million miles of autonomous vehicle testing in 2017. The development pace of the Uber fleet has accelerated dramatically, with the last million autonomous miles being driven in just 100 days.

Nvidia shares were up 4%, near 224, in midday trading on the stock market today. Over the next few years, Nvidia's artificial intelligence technology will be included in cars made by the company. Data is essential for self-driving cars, which rely on sensors and 360-degree cameras to map the world outside the vehicle.

Drive AR, meanwhile, is geared toward infotainment applications and will essentially fuse computer vision, computer graphics and AI to power augmented reality interfaces inside a vehicle.

Our scalable and modular approach enables us to upgrade to our new ProAI based on NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, and integrate the Baidu Apollo Pilot. It's built on Baidu's technology and insight from the driving behaviors of Chinese users.

And it's also formed a partnership with Silicon Valley-based tech start-up Aurora.

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