NVIDIA Removes Major Roadblocks to Autonomous Vehicles

The Nvidia Drive Xavier SoC

"NVIDIA is a key technology provider to Uber as we bring scalable self-driving cars and trucks to market".

Nvidia is touting the tie-ups as a way of claiming leadership in the growing competition among component makers for whose technology will dominate the emerging field of self-driving cars.

A year after unveiling the Xavier autonomous machine intelligence processors, Nvidia has now started shipping the Xavier processors to customers this quarter.

"We developed the entire stack of autonomous vehicle software", Huang said.

Sharing the stage with Huang, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess discussed how AI is revolutionising the auto industry and highlighted Volkswagen's exciting new rebirth of the iconic Volkswagen MicroBus, the new I.D. NVIDIA has confirmed a new partnership with ride-hailing service Uber and auto giant Volkswagen to further the development of self-driving vehicle 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 tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

Bets that Nvidia will become a leader in chips for driverless cars, data centers and artificial intelligence have more than doubled its stock price in the past 12 months, making the Silicon Valley company the third-strongest perfomer in the S&P 500 during that time.

Nvidia has previously worked with vehicle 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".

NVIDIA has previously teamed up with the likes of Tesla and China's Baidu.

With two of the world's three biggest manufacturers on board, Nvidia is poised to dominate the autonomous vehicle game.

The chipmaker's Nvidia Drive tech is also being adopted into the Drive IX platform on Volkswagen's future vehicle line-up. To date, 320 companies are using its Drive X platform. VW officials said they would use the technology to create an "intelligent co-pilot" to assist drivers.

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