Nvidia teams up with Uber and Volkswagen on self-driving auto tech

Gladys Abbott
January 9, 2018

Nvidia announced two new partnerships with Uber Technologies and Volkswagen AG signalling further expansion into AI technology for self-driving cars.

Drive IX is the artificial intelligence layer that, according to Nvidia, will enable automakers to incorporate automotive data into the user experience and operational controls of the vehicle. The DRIVE Xavier will form the core of the driverless platform that's now in development and will also become available to other manufacturers in the coming weeks, being set for a release in the current quarter of the year. "Hopefully we'll deliver the bus...it's a totally new platform [with] the hardware but the software and the components for autonomous driving".

Uber and Volkswagen have partnered with graphics chipmaker Nvidia on self-driving auto technology.

The Chief Executive Officer of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, commented to the CES audience in Las Vegas that Uber's self-drive cars use Nvidia technology to better navigate around and make decisions. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility, and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

It is only with this announcement, however, that the chip is actually available for customers, with deliveries being made to customers this quarter.

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Nvidia's stock price has more than doubled in the past 12 months. "Now, together with ZF, we have created the first AI autonomous vehicle computing platform for China".

Nvidia is increasing its space in the world of autonomous vehicles and has attracted a huge amount of customers. But the two sides won't say how much of Nvidia's platform Uber is using, though, other than that the ride-hailing company is leveraging the onboard GPU for some artificial intelligence work.

United States chipmaker Nvidia kickstarted the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 by unveiling the autonomous machine intelligence processor that will be at the heart of its over 320 self-driving collaborations.

Volkswagen is calling one suite of features offered by Drive IX "Intelligent Co-Pilot", which offers facial recognition that remembers your mug and unlocks the vehicle for you as you approach.

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