The world’s favorite game chip manufacturer is now the center of attraction for all Autonomous Car Makers. As the chip maker prepares automakers for a world of robotaxis, NVIDIA’s first AI computer, the NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus, is apparently capable of level 5 autonomy. This means that the car will automatically drive on its own without the help of any pedals, steering wheels and most importantly no human contact to take control of the car.
This new computer can deliver close to 320 trillion operations per second, which is 10 times more than its predecessor. It is the size of a license plate and uses far less power than the current model. But it’s going to be a while before anyone gets their hands one. These will be available in the second half of 2018 with next generation GPUs that NVIDIA hasn’t actually announced yet.
To put this system into its full fledged use, there’s already one institution that’s ready to go autonomous: the Deutsche Post DHL. The delivery service is looking to deploy a pilot fleet with the current Drive PX in 2018. The idea is to have a car that is able to shadow its delivery people as they drop off packages. A driver could get out of the truck or van with a few packages for a block and when they are finished, the vehicle will be waiting for them outside the last house.
The autonomous future isn’t just about delivering people, but it is also focusing on delivering your online purchases.