Autonomous Vehicles


Nvidia hails a robotaxi with next step in AI computing

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It will be the first of its kind among the autonomous vehicle market, as Nvidia race ahead and offer passengers an on demand service to take them to their destination and giving accessibility to everyone including elderly and disabled passengers. The technology making robotaxis a possibility is Nvidia's Drive PX AI platform, dubbed Pegasus, which delivers all the capabilities of a data centre in a supercomputer the size of a license plate. The size, cost and power demands of existing AI computing solutions, Nvidia claims, makes them impractical for production vehicles. The fleet will use ZF's ProAI self-driving platform for the vehicles, based on Nvidia's Drive PX AI platform.


NVIDIA AI-Driven Autonomous Cars Take Center Stage at GTC Europe

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The GPU Technical Conference in Munich is an annual showcase of the best advancements in computer technology, but it seems like it's no place for cars. That is, until autonomous concept cars became the main attraction this year according to NVIDIA, a gaming technology company and now a competitive force in the realm of artificial intelligence. Those who set foot in the International Conference Center this week were greeted with a fleet of autonomous concept vehicles powered by NVIDIA's Artificial Intelligence systems. The theme for this event was the future of mobility, displaying a diverse range of concepts that covered everything from race cars to taxis.


Future of drones: How AI is driving UAV intelligence, autonomy

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For example, a company called Intelligent Flying Machines built a drone that can autonomously navigate through a warehouse and match what's on the shelves to what's in the inventory system to help the distribution center manage inventory better. We see a lot of opportunity in other areas like precision agriculture, package delivery, safety and security, and search and rescue. For the areas that I mentioned -- industrial inspection, precision agriculture, package delivery, safety and security, search and rescue -- there's going to be an opportunity for UAVs to solve these challenges in a way they haven't been able to before. Clayton: Nvidia makes Jetson, and Jetson is Nvidia's platform for artificial intelligence for edge devices like UAVs.


Baidu plans to start mass-producing autonomous vehicles around 2019

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Like its US counterparts, Chinese internet titan Baidu has been working on autonomous vehicle research for years. After a failed partnership with BMW, Baidu opened itself up to teaming up with other companies, notably bringing on NVIDIA to power its Apollo self-driving car program. The internet giant has another partner now: Chinese automaker BAIC, which will pair its cars with Baidu's tech to start mass production of level three autonomous vehicles around 2019, followed by L4 vehicles around 2021. Baidu has outlined a roadmap for its line of self-driving cars with scheduled goals: By the end of 2018, BAIC's self-branded vehicles will carry Baidu's Apollo connectivity features along with the internet giant's DuerOS voice assistant, with plans to produce one million of those cars by the next year.


Where Cars Are the Stars: NVIDIA AI-Powered Vehicles Dazzle at GTC Europe The Official NVIDIA Blog

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The race car features four electric motors and 15 sensors, and can reach speeds up to 300 kmh (186 mph). Visitors gleefully opened and closed the falcon wing doors in the Model X, while learning about how Tesla Motors equips all its vehicles with the DRIVE PX platform for the second generation Autopilot 2.0 and 2.5. Fully equipped models will have six NVIDIA processors to power Traffic Jam Pilot, virtual cockpit instrumentation, the infotainment system, and headrest tablets for backseat passengers. From the vehicles on display, to our announcement of NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus, the world's first AI computer for Level 5 robotaxis, GTC Europe offers visitors a glimpse into the future of transportation.


Autonomous Delivery Demo Uses Nvidia AI Platform

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A test fleet of autonomous delivery trucks scheduled for deployment next year will be outfitted with self-driving system based on Nvidia's AI processing technology for autonomous vehicles. The 2018 demonstration will use the package delivery company's (ETR: DPW) fleet of 3,400 electric delivery vehicles outfitted with cameras, radar and lidar (light detection and ranging). "The development of autonomous delivery vehicles demonstrates how AI and deep learning are also reshaping the commercial transportation industry," Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang noted in a statement announcing the partnership during a company event this week in Munich, Germany. Drive PX combines deep learning, sensor fusion and machine vision with the ability to figure out location using onboard maps to plot a safe course.


The Morning After: Wednesday. October 11th 2017

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NVIDIA, a company best-known for its graphics cards, is making computers for self-driving cars, the company behind Overwatch has something new in the works and the Tamagotchi is back -- for some reason. Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7 Voice-controlled appliances need to listen in so they can pick up their hotword, but Android Police received a test Google Home Mini that went a little too far. NVIDIA's first AI computer, the NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus, is apparently capable of level five autonomy -- far beyond the level two and three vehicles we're only just starting to see. Palette's Lego-like controls can make you a faster video editor Until robots take over video editing, you'll still have to fiddle with cuts, colors and sound levels.


NVIDIA unveils platform for fully autonomous cars

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The Pegasus line will be available by the middle of 2018 for automakers to begin developing vehicles and testing software algorithms needed to control future driverless cars, NVIDIA executives told a developers' conference in Munich on Tuesday. The deal between Deutsche Post, ZF and NVIDIA will include future Deutsche Post StreetScooter delivery trucks. In Munich, the three partners are showcasing a prototype StreetScooter running NVIDIA Drive PX chips used to control sensors including six cameras, one radar and one lidar, or 3D laser camera. De Ambroggi said NVIDIA's Pegasus automotive platform was the first with the processing power for automakers to begin developing truly autonomous vehicles, which could be upgraded with software improvements ahead of actual roadway deployments.


NVIDIA AI platform promises fully autonomous taxis by 2018: Is it possible?

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On Tuesday, NVIDIA unveiled the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) computer designed to drive fully autonomous vehicles by mid-2018. The new system, named Pegasus, extends the NVIDIA Drive PX AI computing platform to operate vehicles with Level 5 autonomy--without steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors. New types of cars will be invented, resembling offices, living rooms or hotel rooms on wheels. "The company hasn't claimed to have developed all the software, hardware, and data needed for automated driving; it's merely announced that it plans to market a chip that in theory could support the hardware and software envisioned for such a system," Walker Smith said.


Nvidia's new supercomputer is designed to drive fully autonomous vehicles

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Nvidia wants to make it easier for automotive companies to build self-driving cars, so it's releasing a brand new supercomputer designed to drive them. The chipmaker claims its new supercomputer is the world's first artificial intelligence computer designed for "Level 5" autonomy, which means vehicles that can operate themselves without any human intervention. The new computer will be part of Nvidia's existing Drive PX platform, which the GPU-maker offers to automotive companies in order to provide the processing power for their self-driving car systems. Huang announced Nvidia will soon release a new software development kit (SDK), Drive IX, that will help developers to build new AI-partner programs to improve in-car experience.