The self-driving relationship will actually be a threesome, as Uber confirmed that the Nvidia chips will continue going into its growing fleet of Volvo XC90 SUV taxis. This is likely thanks to its attempts at branching out into data centres, artificial intelligence and other technologies that require the processing power that graphics chips provide. 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. The processor will power Nvidia's Drive AV software, which includes everything a vehicle needs to work autonomously.
"We'll be looking to do this 2020-21", said VW CEO Dr Herbert Diess.
In case you weren't aware, Nvidia is in to way more than GPUs these days. "Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".
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Nvidia is pushing Drive IX as the ultimate SDK for vehicle safety and convenience. Uber's self-driving fleet, which is made up of both cars and freight trucks, have completed over 50,000 journeys as the company looks to push closer to a public launch within the near future. One of the first vehicles that will benefit is the company's slick revamped bus, the I.D. Buzz. The chip maker, which has already partnered with the industry through companies such as Tesla and Chinese Baidu, is stepping up its efforts to develop self-driving technology.
Nvidia has collaborated with Uber Technologies and Volkswagen to make further gains in the autonomous vehicles segment.
Meanwhile, VW and Nvidia also announced a partnership during the keynote address, which will see Nvidia "infuse" AI into the automaker's future lineup.
To date, 320 companies involved in the autonomous vehicle industry, whether software developers, auto manufacturers and their suppliers, sensor and card companies, use Nvidia Drive, formerly called Drive PX2.