NVIDIA Introduces Supercomputer for Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles
Nvidia has produced a supercomputer which enables fully driverless vehicles.
Nvidia introduced the Drive PX Pegasus, the brand-new iteration of the automated driving platform, at the conference on GPU Technology in Munich. The platform has enough computational power that it can process and perform up to 320 trillion operations/second as compared to the 30 trillion operations/second that the preceding Drive PX 2 platform was able to perform. According to the company, this level of operations allows full self-driving aka Level 5 autonomy.
About 20 of the total 225 companies that use Nvidia’s Drive PX Platform are working on developing driverless taxis, as per the company. For safely eliminating a human driver, the cars require the use of LIDAR, radar, a suite of cameras, and ultrasonic sensors, all of which produces massive amounts of data, can be as much as 1 TB/second.
Drive PX Pegasus will be able to process all this data in an instant on a platform that’s the same size as a license plate and uses much less power as compared to previous versions for enabling the car in sensing the surroundings.
Many of the companies that have been developing on the platform include automakers, startups and suppliers like Optimus Ride, NuTonomy and Zoox.
Drive PX Pegasus is going to be available in the latter half of 2018, and companies that are developing autonomous vehicles over the Drive PX 2 platform can upgrade to the latest system when it comes out.