DESPITE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE DRIVE LIKE ABSOLUTE A-HOLES, a tonne of companies, now including Nvidia and Bosch, are throwing money at making computers into motorway masters.
Bosch and Nvidia are here to save us all from the horror of taxi driver chats, and to help push on the great leap forward in self driving cars, with a collaborative effort that makes the most of Nvidia's deep learning technology and whatever Bosch does to get the slow moving traffic going.
"Self-driving cars is a challenge that can finally be solved with recent breakthroughs in deep learning and artificial intelligence," said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO, NVIDIA.
"Using Drive PX AI car computer, Bosch will build automotive-grade systems for the mass production of autonomous cars. Together we will realize a future where autonomous vehicles make mobility safe and accessible to all."
Bosch, which we thought was something cockneys said when they have completed a task satisfactorily, announced this during one of its technology shows. It feels like it and Nvidia are ready to take self driving cars to the mass market.
"Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen," said Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner during his keynote at the Bosch Internet of Things fayre called Bosch Connected World, in Berlin. "We are making the car smart."
FWIW the Bosch AI car computer system will use Nvidia's Drive PX tech and the incoming Xavier AI car chip. In case you've not heard of Xavier, we will let NVIDIA introduce it itself.
"The unprecedented level of performance of Xavier is necessary to handle the massive amount of computation required for the tasks self-driving vehicles must perform," it explains with much enthusiasm.
"These include running deep neural nets to sense surroundings, understanding the 3D environment, localizing themselves on an HD map, predicting the behavior and position of other objects, computing a safe path and car dynamics." µ
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