Nvidia Corporation and German automaker Audi revealed they are teaming up to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to the consumer market by the end of the decade. The Volkswagen-owned company hopes to be one of the first car manufacturers to achieve the feat, and is banking on the American chip maker’s AI vehicle computing platform, which employs deep learning tech to manage complex real-road conditions.
The partnership was revealed Wednesday, January 4, at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas. The Verge notes that while the two firms have worked together before, this deal will see them developing a level 4 automatic car—that means an automobile capable of driving entirely on its own. The head of Audi of America emphasized that the vehicle really would drive itself.
Engadget notes that Nvidia Corporation is not content with building AI platforms for vehicles and waiting for someone to use it. The company has recently unveiled several new partners for its initiative to bring self-driving vehicles to public roads.
The Nvidia-Audi partnership’s car prototype will reportedly be based on Audi’s Q7 car. A level 4 capability means that no human driver will be required to supervise the car or to take the wheel on short notice. The automobile will drive itself around the lot beside the convention center.
Nvidia is teaming up with Audi to bring a fully self-driving car to the market by 2020. The two firms outlined their vision for a fully autonomous vehicle at the CES event this week. This might be the most substantive claim with regards to a firm timeline for delivering extremely automated driving. The German company said that the automobile would be highly automated, and will be capable of operating in numerous conditions.
Tech Crunch notes that Nvidia Corporation is ambitious in terms of its timeline, with the goal of getting level 4 autonomy available by the end of the decade. Audi already has a self-driving vehicle at CES 2017 that is already driving itself completely. The Graphics chip maker’s pitch with artificial intelligence is that its deep learning technology can enable this type of fast ramp.
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of the Santa Clara-based chip maker, said that his firm and the German automaker are developing an autonomous vehicle that will finally be worthy of the name. Nvidia has announced a partnership with the Volkswagen subsidiary that has the two working on artificial intelligence-powered self-driving vehicles. The Graphics chip maker’s autonomous tech is called AI Co-Pilot, and the company unveiled it at CES as part of wide set of upgrades it made to its self-driving car products. It believes autonomous vehicles will eventually, save many lives.
By Anila Maring
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