NVIDIA : Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia to Build Computing Architecture for Automated Driving

Saturday, 27 Jun, 2020

The plan to add advanced autonomous features, sophisticated in-vehicle software, and AI capabilities to the german automaker's fleet of cars is looking to bring new competition towards automotive brands such as Tesla.

Throughout the firm's debut of its Drive AGX Orin platform on the finish of final 12 months, Nvidia introduced that Didi Chuxing had plans to make use of Nvidia GPUs and AI expertise to develop autonomous driving and cloud computing options.

The NVIDIA Orin SoC is paired with new deep-learning and computer vision accelerators that can deliver up to 200 trillion operations per second.

"This new platform will become an efficient, centralized and software-defined system in our future Mercedes-Benz vehicles", said Ola Källenius, the chairman of the management board at Mercedes-Benz and its parent company Daimler AG". "Together, we're going to revolutionize the auto ownership experience, making the vehicle software programmable and continuously upgradeable via over-the-air updates".

Putting the future aside for a moment, cars would be able to receive updates for new features incredibly easily thank to Nvidia's tech. It will contain a graphics processing unit to run the artificial intelligence models that power a self-driving car's autonomy features.

The new system's capabilities will be harnessed with a total focus on safety, said Nvidia. Drive IX can also monitor the environment beyond your vehicle.

NVIDIA has been intensively testing its self-driving technology. "Technology has provided the opportunity to change the business model.", he said. Now Daimler is ready to join the fray.

"Collectively, we will revolutionise the automobile possession expertise, making the automobile software program programmable and repeatedly upgradeable through over the air updates", Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang stated.

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA are two companies that do very different things. The two German auto giants announced in early 2019 plans to spend over $1 billion on a joint mobility effort that spans autonomous cars, ride-hailing, electric scooters, car-sharing, and electric vehicle charging. They also understand that market for autonomous vehicles is yet to pick up across the globe, and delaying this technology should be of least of their concern right now.

"I think it's no coincidence", said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Guidehouse, on the timing of the announcement.

NVIDIA's powerful DRIVE AGX Orin platform includes all of the necessary vehicle sensors for automated driving.