Nvidia announces partnership with Bosch to sell PX2 AI autonomous systems to automakers

Chipset maker Nvidia today announced a new partnership with auto component maker Bosch. The new partnership will see Bosch that is more than familiar with the automotive space, selling Nvidia's Drive PX 2 self-driving platform to automakers.

In short, Bosch will join hands with transportation supplier ZF that recently launched its ZF ProAI self-driving system, which is based on the Nvidia Drive PX 2 self-driving car computer.

The system was built keeping in mind not just cars, but trucks and other industrial applications like forklifts and even agriculture and mining.

Nvidia's deep learning technology, unlike most other systems learns like a human brain does. What this means is that it does not need to be programmed when it comes to facing different driving scenarios. All of this is possible using Nvidia's upcoming AI car superchip called Xavier. The chipmaker claims that Xavier is the world's first single-chip processor designed to tackle level-4 autonomous driving.

Level 4 refers to a fully autonomous vehicle one that is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor road conditions as well. It is the one many are manufacturers are gunning for at the moment. Level 4 however is to do with a multitude of driving scenarios but not all of them. Level 5 covers literally every driving scenario you can throw at vehicle, or in short something that only a human driver is capable of.

What Nvidia is offering through Bosch is a ready-made self-driving system (with hardware modules) that any manufacturer can purchase and use in their cars.

"Self-driving cars is a challenge that can finally be solved with recent breakthroughs in deep learning and artificial intelligence," said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO, Nvidia. "Using Drive PX AI car computer, Bosch will build automotive-grade systems for the mass production of autonomous cars. Together we will realise a future where autonomous vehicles make mobility safe and accessible to all."

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Updated Date: Mar 17, 2017 11:26:46 IST