Nvidia And Audi Collaborate To Bring In Self-Driving Cars By 2020

Technology firm Nvidia and German car maker Audi will collaborate to bring in next-gen self-driving cars by 2020.

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American technology giant Nvidia, and German car manufacturer Audi, will be collaborating to bring in next-generation self-driving cars to production.

Both the firms aim to bring the next-gen self-driving cars on public roads by 2020. Nvidia will employ its expertise on Artificial Intelligence into driving by using its latest in-car autonomous computing hardware and software.

The announcement was made by NVIDIA Founder and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang and Audi America President, Scott Keogh at the opening keynote at CES.

The first phase of this new venture will focus on NVIDIA DRIVE PX, an artificial intelligence platform for self-driving cars.

The NVIDIA DRIVE PX uses trained AI neural networks to understand the surrounding environment and determine the safest route forward. Audi has already showcased its self-driving test car, the Q7 at CES this year.

The AI technology on the SUV is trained for only four days and it uses deep neural networks NVIDIA PilotNet to recognise and understand the changing environment while driving safely.

Apart from the AI within the car, an AI co-driver is also integrated by means of external sensors. This will improve the safety of the car by collecting more information from the surrounding environment.

Huang said, "Audi's adoption of our DRIVE computing platform for AI cars will accelerate the introduction of next-generation autonomous vehicles, moving us closer to a future of higher driving safety and new mobility services."

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Story first published: Thursday, January 5, 2017, 13:59 [IST]
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