Toyota Is Using Nvidia's Supercomputers In Its Autonomous Cars

Posted: May 11 2017, 7:22am CDT | by , Updated: May 11 2017, 9:00am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Toyota Will Use Nvidia Drive PX AI Car Computer in its Autonomous Vehicles
NVIDIA GTC 2017-- NVIDIA and Toyota Collaborate to Accelerate Market Introduction of Autonomous Cars
  • NVIDIA AI Technology Will Process Massive Volumes of Sensor Data, Enabling Vehicles to Anticipate and Respond to Dynamic Driving Situations

NVIDIA and Toyota Motors have hooked up for a common purpose. It is for the sake of manufacturing self-driving cars that they have combined their forces and resources.

Both NVIDIA and Toyota will collaborate on AI hardware and specific software that will allow autonomous driving to take place. Toyota is one of the biggest carmakers on the face of the planet.

It will be using NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX system to power its autonomous cars. Teams of engineers from both companies are meeting with each other to discuss ways of combining the software and hardware for the purpose of making these special vehicles of the future.

Toyota has been busy tinkering away on the idea of driverless cars since the past two decades or so. The objective is to reduce the number of road accidents down to zero.

Besides this, the transport system will run much more smoothly thanks to this scheme. AI and deep learning will support and bolster this plan to make driverless cars.

The sort of technology required to allow for the ten thousand split second decisions that have to be made on the road is very complex and abstract in its nature.

The task can only be accomplished by a Xavier processor that engages in 30 trillion deep learning operations per second. Among some of the other odds and ends of equipment on these cars include: cameras, lidar, radar and other sensors of every hue. The gauging of the 360 degrees surrounding environment of the car is what this technology is all about.

"Toyota has worked on autonomous driving technologies for over 20 years with the aim of reducing traffic fatalities to zero as an ultimate goal, achieving smoother traffic, and providing mobility for all," said Ken Koibuchi, executive general manager at Toyota. "Through this collaboration, we intend to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems that are even more safe and capable."

"We envision a future society where autonomous vehicles whisk people safely and comfortably around beautiful cities," said Jensen Huang, chief executive officer and founder of NVIDIA.

"The development of a self-driving car is one of the greatest technical challenges that's ever been tackled. "We're combining breakthroughs in AI and high performance computing to build NVIDIA DRIVE PX, the brain of the autonomous car. Today's announcement with Toyota is the strongest indication that this autonomous future will soon become a reality," he said.

Toyota will use NVIDIA’s supercomputer capabilities to bring self-driving cars to the level of the masses. Among many of NVIDIA’s products are those that can be used in both the home and the car. For now, the planning of both companies for autonomous cars is a bit in the nascent phases. Yet over time it will hopefully solidify into a perfect partnership for progress.

Self-driving cars will become a part of the futuristic landscape. The years in which self-driving cars will be common fare are either 2020 or 2021. The cooperation of NVIDIA with Toyota will have the former company’s GPU working in the cars of the latter company.

NVIDIA has lent a helping hand to Toyota and Toyota has been tapped as a source for marketing its products by NVIDIA. Autonomous cars wil bring about a revolution in the real world out there.

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