Nvidia Woos Automakers with Self-Driving Car Chip

For all the talk about GoogleEUs self-driving cars, there has been relatively little talk about the technology that powers them. Now, Nvidia is rolling out some tech that promise to bring the world closer to a future where auto-piloted cars that can see and detect the world around them are a reality.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, the company rolled out Nvidia Drive automotive computers based on the Tegra X1 mobile super chip. Nvidia is offering two car computers: Drive PX is for developing autopilot capabilities and Drive CX is for creating advanced digital cockpit systems. Drive, which is based on the same architecture used in modern supercomputers, makes possible computer vision, deep learning and advanced cockpit visualization.

Last month, reports surfaced indicating Google has been working on getting its Android mobile operating system built directly into a variety of vehicles. Such a system would allow drivers to use mobile apps without having to connect their cellphones to their cars. Designed to support easier in-car use of audio and messaging apps, Android Auto has been touted as a way to integrate mobile devices with cars in a safer and more streamlined way.

"Mobile supercomputing will be central to tomorrow's car," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder of Nvidia. "With vast arrays of cameras and displays, cars of the future will see and increasingly understand their surroundings. Whether finding their way back to you from a parking spot or using situational awareness to keep out of harm's way, future cars will do many amazing, seemingly intelligent things. Advances in computer vision, deep learning and graphics have finally put this dream within reach.EU

Could This Go Mainstream?

We caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his thoughts on the new innovation. He told us, in essence, Nvidia's new Tegra X1 and Drive technologies...

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