On Sunday, chipmaker Nvidia Corp launched its next-generation autonomous driving stack at CES 2018 which is powered by the Drive Xavier. It may be noted that Xavier is Nvidia’s $2 billion R&D bet on automotive AI.
Xavier, which the company claims to be as the “world’s most powerful system on a chip (SoC)”, was built to accelerate deep learning, computer vision and 8K video processing. The chip system is designed to bring about a huge amount of computing power for self-driving applications.
The company teased about the Xavier Drive a year ago. But Nvidia now says that the Drive forms the basis of the Drive IX and the newly announced Drive AR, all of which form a part of the company’s Pegasus AI computing system. Jensen Huang, Chief Executive of Nvidia, made an announcement about the two new platforms with his CES keynote address.
While manufacturing self-driving cars, automakers face major problems as these cars are expected to be run on a variety of machine learning models. Nvidia says that the Drive IX artificial intelligence (AI) will help the automakers to get the user experience and operational controls of the car incorporated with the automotive data. Drive IX analyses the automotive sensor data from within and outside the car and provides the driver and passengers with its AI assistant technology that is able to recognize their face, voice and body gestures.
On the other hand, the Drive AR is a geared move and is designed to merge computer vision, computer graphics and AI to operate augmented reality interfaces in the car. Hence, all of these software’s will form a part of the company’s Pegasus AI computing system. The company marks the Pegasus motherboard to be as the path to develop fully autonomous cars.
Nvidia is trying its best to push the Drive IX as the ultimate SDK to enable vehicle convenience and safety. The chipmaker has been investing in the autonomous vehicle market and now wants to stay ahead in the hardware arms race to come up with a better and faster AI. And now, this is the latest move by Nvidia since it entered into such a market at the Consumer Electronics Show in the year 2015.
Notably, the first samples of the Xavier Drive will be rolled out in 2018’s first quarter. Additionally, Nvidia plans to ship the first samples of the Pegasus motherboard by the middle of the year.