NVIDIA Announces World's First AI Computer to Make Robotaxis a Reality


 
 
01:30 10/11/2017

NVDA  just unveiled the world's first artificial intelligence computer designed to drive fully autonomous robotaxis.

The new system, codenamed Pegasus, extends the NVIDIA® DRIVE™ PX AI computing platform to handle Level 5 driverless vehicles. NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus delivers over 320 trillion operations per second -- more than 10x the performance of its predecessor, NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2.

"Creating a fully self-driving car is one of society's most important endeavors -- and one of the most challenging to deliver," said Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO. "The breakthrough AI computing performance and efficiency of Pegasus is crucial for the industry to realize this vision.”

Huang continued, "Driverless cars will enable new ride- and car-sharing services. New types of cars will be invented, resembling offices, living rooms or hotel rooms on wheels. Travelers will simply order up the type of vehicle they want based on their destination and activities planned along the way. The future of society will be reshaped.”

The system helps make possible fully autonomous vehicles without steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors. The interiors of these vehicles can be made to feel like a living room or office, and will be able to arrive on demand to bring passengers to their destinations.

It is estimated that millions of hours of time is lost to driving. With NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus, drivers can recapture that time as they work, play, eat, or sleep on their daily commutes. Countless lives can be saved by eliminating distracted, impaired, or fatigued drivers, which in turn reduces congestion and increases road safety.

The computational requirements of robotaxis are enormous -- perceiving the world through high-resolution, 360-degree surround cameras and lidars, localizing the vehicle within centimeter accuracy, tracking vehicles and people around the car, and planning a safe and comfortable path to the destination. The computing demands of driverless vehicles are easily 50 to 100 times more intensive than the most advanced cars today.

"Today dozens of companies are racing to develop robotaxis, but they are still gated by the massive computation needs of a truly driverless car," said Luca De Ambroggi, senior principal automotive analyst at IHS Markit. "The new NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus shows the path to production for the automakers, startups and automotive ecosystem working to deliver this amazing vision."


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