Artificial intelligence is entering all walks of our technological life slowly and its latest entry in the automobile sector will happen through a collaboration between NVIDIA and Audi.
The two companies announced their collaboration to put advanced artificial intelligence (AI) cars on the road starting in 2020 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas. Future Audi cars will use deep learning to tackle the complexities of driving – a step that is critical towards building a safe and reliable self-driving cars and vehicles.
According to the information provided by the two companies, they are currently working on NVIDIA DRIVE PX, which is an AI platform for self-driving cars. The platform which uses trained AI neural networks to understand the surrounding environment, and determine a safe path forward. The two companies are optimistic that their collaboration and strengths in their respective areas will accelerate the introduction of next-generation autonomous vehicles.
One of the highlights of CES 2017 will be demos of an Audi Q7 piloted driving concept. Passengers will be able to ride in the vehicle’s back seat, with no one behind the wheel. Outfitted with a DRIVE PX 2 and running NVIDIA DriveWorks software, the Q7 uses deep neural networks — specifically, NVIDIA PilotNet, which recognizes and understands its changing environment while driving safely. The course will be modified during the demonstration, and features a variety of road surfaces, with and without lane markings, and a simulated construction zone requiring a detour.
In his keynote, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang addressed how AI will anticipate the driver’s needs — driving to the office in the morning and home at night, automatically opening and closing the garage door, and adjusting the climate to the individual’s preferences, as well as being able to understand and respond to requests in a natural conversational language.
The relationship of NVIDIA and Audi isn’t new and the two companies first appeared together at CES seven years ago and announced a technology partnership that has steadily expanded. The results include the award-winning Audi MMI navigation and the Audi virtual cockpit, currently available across a wide range of the automaker’s sedans, SUVs and sports cars. In the coming months, Audi will roll out its new A8, the world’s first Level 3 automated vehicle with its Traffic Jam Pilot system, powered by zFAS, which integrates NVIDIA hardware and software.