Tit Bits: In CES 2016, CEO of Nvidia Mr. Jen-Hsun Huang revealed the Drive PX2. This is nothing but a supercomputer developed exclusively for the upcoming Driver-less cars. The Drive PX2 comes with the power of 150 Mac Book Pro’s and 12 CPU cores. Nvidia believes that the cars of tomorrow need extensive processing power under its hoods to instantly process inputs from the numerous sensors and cameras that would be equipped in the self-driving cars. Such super powered processors can help Autonomous vehicles even detect things in heavy snow!
The more interesting news is that VOLVO is partnering with NVIDIA to make use of this tremendous computing power. On the other hand Volvo is working with AutoLiv to power the Artificial Intelligence in its own Driver-less cars. VOLVO as we know is the leader in manufacturing safety first cars. They are now bullish in bringing out the most fascinating Driver-less cars by 2021. With such strong partnership and technology, there is no question that VOLVO is going to manufacture a truly amazing and safe Autonomous car.
Volvo and Autoliv have created a joint venture under the name Zenuity. NVIDIA along with Zenuity is hoping to create next generation Machine Learning and deep learning systems that will power the underlying AI to be super aware of any objects, movements and safety threats around the Driver-less cars. It is expected that AutoLiv will also sell this product to other OEMs via. its existing network.
In a statement, the CEO of Autoliv Mr. Jan Carlson said: “We now have full access to the leading computing platform for autonomous driving. Autoliv, Volvo Cars and NVIDIA share the same vision for safe, autonomous driving. This cooperation will further advance our leading ADAS and autonomous driving product and solution offerings to the market.”
Note: VOLVO is known for inventing the SEAT BELT. They made the patent open source so any automobile company can use it for the safety of the passengers.
The race to create the most intelligent and flawless Driver-less car is getting heat day by day. More and more Car manufacturers ( in fact All ) are jumping into the bandwagon and spending billions of dollars to get their technology ready for this autonomous revolution. We will soon see more and more of partnerships among companies to share and utilize the expertise of each other.
While Tesla and Waymo are leading the run in the Self-driving car space, other Automobile giants like Mercedes, Fiat, Ford, Volkswagon, Volvo are catching up fast. The Driver-less car space has reached extreme maturity and any player not willing to participate can cease to exist in the near future. This has created a lot of heat in the automobile space and every player is spending huge budgets in getting their play right.