Nvidia Partners With DHL on Self-Driving Delivery Trucks

11 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • Above Nvidia’s Holodeck Image Credit Nvidia

On Tuesday, NVIDIA unveiled the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) computer created to drive fully autonomous vehicles by mid-2018. Keep in mind, a level 5 autonomous vehicle is capable of navigating roadways entirely on its own, with no input from the driver at all.

Drivers will also be able to haul the trucks using an app on their smartphone.

Koetzle added that the earliest estimate she's seen for level 5 autonomous vehicles operating on the roads is 2025 in the UK.

The platform will help make possible "level five" self-driving vehicles devoid of steering wheels or other human controls, Nvidia said. Nvidia Pegasus consists of four AI processors including Nvidia's two latest generation Xavier system-on-a-chip model integrated with embedded Nvidia Volta GPU, and two next-generation discrete GPUs created to increase the rate of deep learning and computer vision. The trunks of their current self-driving cars resemble small data centres stuffed with racks of personal computers.

Several companies have incorporated various versions of Nvidia's Drive PX system into self-driving vehicle projects, including Roborace, which hopes to develop a race series for autonomous cars, as well as automakers Toyota and Volvo.

Driverless cars will enable new ride-sharing and car-sharing services, he said.

"Creating a fully self-driving auto is one of society's most important endeavors-and one of the most challenging to deliver", Huang said in an address on Tuesday at the GPU Technology Conference in Munich, Germany. "Travelers will simply order up the type of vehicle they want based on their destination and activities planned along the way", Huang said in the release. "The future of society will be reshaped", he says.

"NuTonomy is building for Level 5 and Pegasus is the kind of platform that will be required to support these types of systems". This can enable the vehicle to use AI to understand its environment, plan a safe path forward, proceed along a selected route and park itself - ensuring deliveries can be made with greater accuracy and safety, and at lower cost. The Drive PX Pegasus is already being used by more than 25 companies to develop driverless taxi vehicles, Nvidia said at its GPU Technology Conference in Munich. NVIDIA is going to offer it to partners in the second half of next year with its next-generation GPUs that actually haven't been announced so far.

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