NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Audi have formed a partnership to build a fully autonomous car by 2020.
The partnership will use artificial intelligence and deep learning technology to develop highly-automated vehicles. Speaking at the opening keynote at this year CES, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that both companies will work together to put deep learning technology into future Audi models to tackle the complexities of driving.
NVIDIA Artificial Intelligence Platform For Self-Driving Cars
Audi plans to unveil a Level 3 automated vehicle later this year. The automaker said that the Level 3 automated vehicle will be equipped with a first-generation central driver assistance controller called zFAS that integrates NVIDIA computing hardware and software.
Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, said that “the partnership between Audi and NVIDIA will expand to deep learning and artificial intelligence to bring higher automation into production more quickly.”
The companies will first focus on NVIDIA Drive PX, an artificial intelligence system for self-driving cars. The system uses trained artificial intelligence neural networks to understand the surrounding environment, and determine a safe path forward.
“NVIDIA is pioneering the use of deep learning AI to revolutionize transportation,” Huang said in a statement. “Audi’s adoption of our DRIVE computing platform will accelerate the introduction of next-generation automated vehicles, moving us closer to a future of greater driving safety and new mobility services.”
In his keynote, Huang talked about how artificial intelligence will anticipate the driver’s needs – driving to the office in the morning and home at night, automatically opening and closing the garage door, and adjusting the climate to the individual’s preferences.
Audi Q7 Piloted Driving Concept
NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) and demonstrated an Audi Q7 piloted driving concept at CES.
The Q7 concept vehicle is outfitted with a DRIVE PX 2 and runs NVIDIA DriveWorks software. The vehicle uses neural networks and end-to-end deep learning on NVIDIA’s artificial intelligence platform to navigate a complex course. It learns from both the road and can handle unpredictable situations like roadblocks, construction and changes in weather.
With no driver behind the wheel, the vehicle performs several laps on a closed course, where the configuration of the track will be modified in the middle of the demonstration. The course features a variety of road surfaces including areas with and without lane markings, dirt and grass, as well as a simulated construction zone with cones and dynamic detour indicators.
Audi said that it plans to expand testing of highly automated, artificial intelligence-equipped vehicles on public roads in California and select states next year.
In addition, Audi said that it will showcase this year the world’s first vehicle to meet the standards of Level 3 automation as defined by SAE International. The next generation Audi A8 will feature Traffic Jam Pilot, which uses a central driver assistance controller with NVIDIA hardware and software. This system will give drivers the option to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when certain conditions are met.
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