The company has partnered with retailer JD.com for an outdoor robotics initiative, which will use drones for making deliveries, helping in rescue operations and agriculture. While the JDrone will be an autonomous aerial vehicle, the JDrover will be a ground-based drone and will use the Nvidia Jetson platform for embedded artificial intelligence (AI) based navigational intelligence to navigate different terrains. According to Nvidia and JD X, drone deliveries will not only provide the last mile coverage in rural areas affected by poor infrastructure, it will reduce the logistics fees by 70 percent. Also, for the JDrover to ply on the roads, it will need to get knowledge of roads and traffic regulations right and evolve according to usage.
However, the company did not implement the update and in less than a year, it has already started equipping all its vehicles in the production stage, including the Model 3, with the new HW 2.5 hardware, Electrek reported Wednesday. According to the Electrek report, the company has opted for an upgrade as the HW 2.0 was not capable of enabling Level 5 autonomy -- fully autonomous driving with no need of human interference. Tesla's vehicles are based on Nvidia's Drive PX2 platform for autonomous driving. The company is also getting its cars ready for the day it can actually issue an over-the-air software update and enable full autonomy on its vehicles.
Chinese search giant Baidu announced Wednesday it will work with Nvidia on initiatives focused on artificial intelligence. Our collaboration aligns our exceptional technical resources to create AI computing platforms for all developers -- from academic research, startups creating breakthrough AI applications, and autonomous vehicles." In the past, both companies have collaborated on Baidu's Apollo open platform for self-driving and autonomous cars. Baidu's partnership with Nvidia also comes as the search company significantly bolsters its self-driving car research efforts.
Smartphone chipmaker Nvidia has partnered with automotive safety company Autoliv and automotive company Volvo to develop self-driving software and hardware. "This cooperation with NVIDIA places Volvo, Autoliv, and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast-moving market to develop next generation autonomous driving capabilities and will speed up the development of Volvo's own commercially available autonomous drive cars," Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, stated in the press release Tuesday. The press release further stated the companies will work together to create artificial intelligence-based deep learning solutions for object detection, recognition the anticipation of threats and safe navigation. The self-driven car developed by Nvidia, Volvo, Autoliv, and Zenuity, will use the Nvidia Drive PX2 artificial intelligence based self-driving system which was first showcased at Consumer's Electronic Show (CES) 2016.
The company, which was co-founded by noted machine learning researcher Yoshua Bengio, received its large funding round from firms and sources including Intel Capital and NVIDIA. In a statement announcing the investment, Element AI CEO Jean-François Gagné said the investment round reflects venture confidence in the company's goals. As VentureBeat previously noted, the company received an undisclosed amount in seed investment from Microsoft Ventures late last year. As the CBC noted, Element AI's consulting side has already finished 10 projects for clients that have included using AI to help a Japanese semiconductor company improve its production quality and rates.
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The idea for a Nvidia self-driving car was floated in 2015 when co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang sat down with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, for an interview. In 2015, Nvidia introduced chipsets specially developed to support artificial intelligence (AI). The company unveiled the Nvidia Drive PX2 AI-based car computing open platform at CES 2016. To enable fully autonomous driving, multiple PX2 platforms can be used in parallel.