Big news coming in from CES 2018 is that German auto giant Volkswagen and Chipmaker Nvidia have joined hands for their new project. Nvidia has been huge with its self driving AI tech off late and has collaborated with brands like Uber in the past for the same.
For most of us, Nvidia is a name associated with Nvidia makes graphics computing chips. However, these chips are key components of an autonomous car setup. At Nvidia’s CES press conference, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess joined hands with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang to talk about the partnership. Volkswagen will integrate Nvidia’s just-announced Drive IX platform into the I.D. Buzz, which will let it recognize people as they approach the car, unlocking the door for the owner or other trusted people, and tailor the in-car experience through personalization.
VW had had a blowback with the entire dieselgate and the carmaker has now been revising all of its ‘once shelved’ project like I.D Buzz and we can expect a totally electric fleet by 2022 from the German auto giant.
Nvidia’s ‘Xavier’ chip is what is the main brain behind the autonomous car and it can comprehend sensor data really well and tweak it around for self-driving cars. Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive at Nvidia, says Xavier is two years ahead of any competitor’s chip. Nvidia has just started shipping the same and it mainly consists of Drive AV, Drive IX, and Drive AR. It plays around with factors like Navigation, real-time projection to work out the best possible driving scenario. Initially, VW will be using the I.D Buzz as a co-pilot virtual assistant and will be relying on Nvidia’s hardware and software for the same.
The initial focus for Volkswagen with the I.D. Buzz is to build what it’s calling an Intelligent Co-Pilot, an in-car virtual assistant powered by Nvidia hardware and software. It will use sensors to recognize passengers, automatically engaging their saved settings, such as seat positions, and recognize natural language commands so passengers can ask for destinations and entertainment.
Nvidia has also collaborated with over 300 companies like Baidu in China, Uber and ZF for the same self-driving tech. Consumers will be able to get OTA(over the air updates) for their cars in order to inculcate new features! Now wouldn’t that be wonderful!
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