Artificial Intelligence (AI) pioneer Nvidia Corporation announced recently a partnership with Toyota saying that they will work together on producing autonomous driving cars. The project should begin to take effect over the next few years.
During an Nvidia technology conference in San Jose, the company’s chief executive, Jensen Huang, announced that Drive XP artificial intelligence technology will be used as the brains of vehicles.
The technology fuses the data collected by the car’s hardware to realize the environment surrounding the car and thus anticipate potential hazards while driving. Additionally the system can receive updates so that the driving of the car becomes more intelligent with the passage of time.
This is not the first time that the technology of the hardware manufacturer known for its graphics cards for computers is used in the automotive market. In addition to this latest partnership, Nvidia already had agreements with Audi and Mercedes.
Toyota’s future self-driving vehicles will use the Nvidia Drive PX AI platform that makes use of deep learning technologies to recognize and deal with an almost endless number of scenarios that can be found on the road.
According to Nvidia, the Xavier processor embedded in its PX AI Drive can fit in one hand and perform 30 billion learning operations per second by collecting data from cameras, LiDAR, radars and a host of other sensors.
“Toyota has been working on autonomous driving technologies for more than 20 years with the ultimate goal of ending road fatalities and providing mobility for all. Through this collaboration, we aim to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems to become even more Safe and capable,” Ken Koibuchi, Toyota’s chief executive officer, said of the partnership.