Nvidia has benefitted from a rapid explosion of investment in machine learning from tech companies. Can this rapid growth in the use cases for machine learning continue? Recent research results from applying machine learning to diagnosis are impressive (see "An AI Ophthalmologist Shows How Machine Learning May Transform Medicine"). Your chips are already driving some cars: all Tesla vehicles now use Nvidia's Drive PX 2 computer to power the Autopilot feature that automates highway driving.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas has become the best place to learn about what's coming to cars. This year, however, the wild new capabilities rolling through CES, and into the auto industry, went from an open secret to headline grabbing news. As a result, it was an incredible week for us. Since we unveiled our AI computing platform for autonomous vehicles at CES last year, DRIVE PX 2 has become the core of the AI revolution sweeping the auto industry. That became clear with the show's opening keynote Wednesday from NVIDIA Co-Founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who announced our new AI Co-Pilot for the car built on DRIVE PX 2, as well as our ever expanding AI Car ecosystem of partners.
Audi and Nvidia have been collaborating for some time, but at CES 2017, the companies made their biggest joint announcement yet. Using artificial intelligence and deep learning technology, the companies will bring fully automated driving to the roads by 2020. To achieve this, Audi will leverage Nvidia's expertise in artificial intelligence, the fruits of which are already being shown at CES. Audi's Q7 Piloted Driving Concept is fitted with Nvidia's Drive PX 2 processor and after only four days of "training," the vehicle is already driving itself over a complex road course. This is due to the Drive PX 2's incredible ability to learn on the go, which is a far cry from the first driverless cars that needed pre-mapped routes to function properly. "Nvidia is pioneering the use of deep learning AI to revolutionize transportation," Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) is primarily known as the company that revolutionized computer gaming. The debut of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) in 1999 provided gamers with faster, clearer, and more lifelike images. The GPU was designed to quickly perform complex mathematical calculations that were necessary to accelerate the creation of realistic graphics. It achieved this feat by performing many functions at the same time, known as parallel computing. This resulted in faster, smoother motion in game graphics and a revolution in modern gaming.
At this year's CES 2017, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented in the CES opening keynote his vision for the company's future to the audience, explaining where he believes the company will succeed in the future. I also liked that Huang simplified AI and graphics so more could understand it. Of the areas where NVIDIA participates in right now, two areas of growth for the company are gaming and automotive, both of which are growing and getting quite competitive. While NVIDIA is still a relatively new entrant into the automotive business, the company has proven that they can keep up with the legacy suppliers and surpass them by delivering innovative automotive solutions. NVIDIA's leadership in technologies like DNN AI training have proven to be a valuable resource for the company and their partners who are looking to apply machine learning to their own products.
Audi's plans to build AI-powered autonomous vehicles may have taken center stage during NVIDIA's CES press conference, but it's not the only automaker working with the company. NVIDIA announced its building smart vehicles with the folks at Mercedes-Benz, too. "Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA share a common vision of the AI car," NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said. "At this point, it is clear AI will revolutionize the future of automobiles." The two firms have been working together for about three years now, and their product is almost ready for market.
Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce a production car powered by artificial intelligence in the next year as part of a collaboration with chip-maker Nvidia. Plans for the car were disclosed during a talk Friday between Sajjad Khan, Mercedes-Benz' vice president of digital vehicle and mobility, and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, at CES here. "I am very proud of saying that within 12 months we are rolling out a product with Nvidia," Khan said on Friday. Very few details of the car are known, including whether it will be a completely new vehicle or an existing Mercedes model. It is a product of a three-year collaboration, according to Huang.
Nvidia already announced a partnership at CES to bring a AI self-driving car to production, and now Mercedes-Benz is also teaming up with the GPU-maker on a vehicle with AI on board. Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz are also setting an ambitious timeline for their goal; the two will field this new vehicle within the next 12 months, Nvidia confirmed to TechCrunch. The news came out on stage at a talk between Mercedes-Benz VP of Digital Vehicle and Mobility Sajjad Khan, and Nvidia CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang on Friday at CES. It's the result of a project the two began together three years ago, which helps explain why the car will be ready to get to customers by 2018. Mercedes and Nvidia have been working together with a specific focus on deep learning and AI.
Nvidia Corp. was on a victory lap at CES 2017 after recording monster stock growth in 2016, but it wasn't all horn-tooting. The company also unveiled new business plans that it hopes will maintain its stock momentum through the next few years. Clad in his token black leather jacket, Nvidia NVDA, 1.34% CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made three noteworthy announcements on the CES keynote stage in Las Vegas earlier this week. The first few were in Nvidia's traditional terrain: gaming, where its graphics processing chips have been used in high-powered videogames. But the other two focused on its newer operating segments: artificial intelligence and driverless cars, where it hopes to squeeze out even more juice over the long term.
Nvidia might be most famous as a manufacturer of computer graphics cards, but the company has been increasingly turning its attention to the automotive market over the past few years. This CES, it detailed new moves that will move it even further into the market: partnerships with suppliers ZF and Bosch that will see it making parts for automatic cars, and an expanded deal with Audi that will see the companies bring a proper self-driving vehicle to market by 2020. Audi and Nvidia have worked together before, but the new partnership, announced by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on stage at CES 2017, will see the companies working to produce a "Level 4" automatic vehicle -- that means a car capable of driving entirely on its own. As an early proof of concept, the two companies have already collaborated on a experimental self-driving Q7 SUV. Nvidia says the car -- which is on display at CES -- learned to drive itself in just four days, using its AI technology.