CES 2018: NVidia accelerates on the autonomous car

As every year now, NVidia has held a plenary session at the ESC, a conference that is generally very well attended because the founder’s progress is a testament to that of the automotive industry towards autonomous vehicles. The 2018 edition did not deviate from the rule since Jensen Huang, founder of NVidia presented Pegasus, a hardware platform that will be able to control autonomous vehicles of level 5, i. e. totally autonomous. Xavier, the new chip that equips this ECU, now has 9 billion transistor and delivers 30 TFlops of power, more than 15 times better than the previous generation, based on the Pascal chip.

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Baidu, Uber, Volkswagen, some of NVidia’s 320 partners on this embedded ECU

The Xavier chip unveiled by Jensen Huang consists of an 8 core processor and a 512 core Volta GPU chip. Accelerators for Deep Learning, for the analysis of 8K videos, allow this chip to deliver a power of 30 deep learning TOPS, with a contained power consumption of 30 watts.

In addition to the announcement of Pegasus to replace the Drive PX-2 ECU in the NVidia catalogue, NVidia’s CEO took advantage of the event to announce new partners, underlining that the embedded platform already has more than 320 partners developing on it. Jensen Huang cited Uber, Baidu, Volkswagen, ZF and a California startup who works with Hyundai on the autonomous car, Aurora. In particular, Uber revealed that these Volvo XC90 autonomous cars equipped with NVidia computers have run 50,000 races in stand-alone mode and covered 2 million km, the last million of them in the last 100 days.

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NVidia DRIVE AR, augmented reality in the cockpit

The icing on the cake, Jensen Huang unveiled 2 new software platforms that will take advantage of this embedded power. In addition to NVIDIA DRIVE AV, the platform that leverages the neural networks used for autonomous control of the car, the DRIVE IX platform dedicated to the implementation of driver and passenger assistance AIs, and the DRIVE AR SDK. It is a development kit with which car manufacturers and their suppliers will be able to develop augmented reality applications for display directly on the windshield of tomorrow’s vehicles. Tomorrow’s car, whether in stand-alone mode or not, will be able to display data on the windshield, warnings about a potential danger, etc.

Source: “NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, World’s Most Powerful SoC, Brings Dramatic New AI Capabilities”, NVidia Press Release, 7 January 2018

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