Nvidia Supercomputers Set To Drive Cars

Chipmaker Nvidia is kicking the concept of self-driving cars into high gear with an artificial intelligence technology that would make it possible for cars to actually see their surroundings for safer passenger experiences.

Nvidia showed off the tech at CES 2016 in Las Vegas this week in front of about 400 automakers, analysts and media. The big idea is called Drive PX 2, a supercomputing platform designed for the specific needs of the auto industry.

The supercomputer processes 24 trillion deep learning operations every single second with 8 teraflops of processing power. To put that into perspective, that?EU?s a 10 times stronger performance than the first generation of Drive PX, which over 50 auto companies are already leveraging. It?EU?s also equivalent to the processing power of 150 MacBook Pros -- and it?EU?s only the size of a lunchbox.

Volvo Demonstrates Safety

?EU?Self-driving cars will revolutionize society,?EU? Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang (pictured) said at CES. ?EU?And Nvidia?EU?s vision is to enable them.?EU? Drive PX 2 carries sensors that give a vehicle a 360-degree view of its surroundings, making the rearview mirror history, he said.

As part of its broader plans to put an end to deadly crashes, Volvo will be the first car manufacturer to deploy Drive PX 2. In 2017, the Swedish auto brand will lease 100 XC90 luxury SUVs carrying the new tech. That means the new Volvos will drive automatically in Gothenburg, Sweden and semi-automatically in other cities, Nvidia said.

The self-driving car phenomenon is about safety and productivity. About 93 percent of car crashes are caused by human error at the wheel, and kill 1.3 million drivers annually, according to Nvidia's research. On top of that, American teenagers die from texting while driving in even greater numbers than drunk driving or other causes, Nvidia said. Autonomous vehicles may be much, much safer...

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