When thinking about self driving cars and their rapidly evolving technologies, the first names that come to mind are Google, Tesla and Uber. However, a new player has entered the field and it is quite a surprise. The company that might be powering up your GPU, NVidia, is entering the market with self driving technologies and its called the NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX 2. This chip has several interesting features like Sensor Fusion and as the name indicates, Sensor Fusion will fuse data from multiple cameras, as well as lidar, radar, and ultrasonic sensors. This allows algorithms to accurately understand the full 360-degree environment around the car to produce a robust representation, including static and dynamic objects. This technology will also be paired up with Deep Neural Network(DNN) for object detection which, Nvidia claims, will drastically improve precision.
Since this platform will be built around deep learning, NVIDIA DGX-1™ will be able to reduce neural network training from weeks to just days. This program by NVIDIA will be open and will come with NVIDIA DriveWorks which is a Software Development Kit(SDK) complete with reference applications, tools and library modules. NVIDIA will also offer End-To-End HD Mapping to help the car manufacturers to rapidly create HD maps and keep them updated.
For this products, NVIDIA will be proposing three different platforms: The DRIVE PX 2 for AutoCruise which will be able to handle highway automated driving as well as HD mapping, the DRIVE PX 2 for AutoChauffeur which will be for point-to-point driving and the top of the line which will be the DRIVE PX 2 for Fully Autonomous Driving which will enable autonomous driving.
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Source: | NVIDIA |
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