Next, Nvidia is providing its AI technology to Uber for empowering self-driving vehicles, one news that breaks the transport tech company being traditionally secretive regarding its strategies in autonomous vehicles that makes it a leader in the transport tech race. These "mobility-as-a-service" fleets-a system VW Group is now developing-will initially include smaller self-driving vehicles that people can hail as well as larger vans.
Ride-sharing service Uber has selected Nvidia technology for the AI computing system in its fleet of self-driving vehicles, Huang said. It's already working with the likes of electric vehicle pioneer Tesla and China's Baidu. Uber began using Nvidia chips in its first test fleet of Volvo SUVs, the companies said. A big portion of the briefing went towards autonomous cars and the ways the company has been looking at making that a reality.
Nvidia, though, continues to support and work with the company. "We've been working with NVIDIA on developing on-vehicle chips for autonomous driving, which aims to accelerate the pace of mass production of autonomous vehicles".
Xavier was first teased a year ago but Nvidia says it now forms the basis of two software platforms - Drive IX and the just announced Drive AR - all of which are part of Nvidia's Pegasus AI computing platform.
The AI infusion will give the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz "Intelligent Co-Pilot" capabilities, which will include convenience and driver assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the vehicle.
Although this technology is still in the early stages, Nvidia has achieved considerable success in the market. Launched by ex Google employee Chris Urmson, it's now working on a new self-driving auto platform based on Nvidia tech. Drive IX is a software developer kit that Nvidia created to tap into the power of Xavier, and Volkswagen will use it to build in features like facial recognition, gesture control, natural language processing, and more. An additional partnership with Baidu and ZF Friedrichshafen AG will bring an autonomous vehicle platform to the Chinese market, which accounts for 30 percent of global passenger vehicles.
Rival Intel, is also expanding AV tech partnerships, notably in projects with Alphabet's Waymo and BMW.