Nvidia announced two new partnerships with Uber Technologies and Volkswagen AG signalling further expansion into AI technology for self-driving cars.
The announcement was made by Jensen Huang, CEO of the chip-making company at CES technology conference in Las Vegas where he made the keynote speech.
Nvidia’s two partnerships will involve suppling technology to Uber’s planned driverless vehicles and creating artificial intelligence applications for Volkswagen’s future cars.
Nvidia’s new Drive IX platform will become part of the technology for Volkswagen’s global auto lineup using so-called “intelligent co-pilot” capabilities based on processing sensor data inside and outside the car.
Sharing the stage with Huang, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess discussed how AI is revolutionising the auto industry and highlighted Volkswagen's exciting new rebirth of the iconic Volkswagen MicroBus, the new I.D. BUZZ.
The reimagined vehicle in electric car form will be infused with AI technology for the cockpit and self-driving.
Diess added, "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future."
"In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality," Huang said. "Working with Volkswagen, we are creating a new generation of cars that are safer, more enjoyable to ride in than anything that has come before, and accessible to everyone."
Nvidia's technology will allow Uber vehicles to “sense” the world and to make split second decisions according to Reuters. Uber has been using Nvidia’s GPU computing technology since its first test fleet of Volvo SC90 SUVS were deployed in 2016 in Pittsburgh and Phoenix.
Nvidia said development of the Uber self-driving programme had gained steam, with one million autonomous miles being driven in just the past 100 days.
Nvidia is working with more than 320 companies worldwide on other automotive applications and other current partnerships in the industry include Tesla, Baidu and Audi.