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Volkswagen ID Buzz will use Nvidia's AI technology

Volkswagen ID Buzz will use Nvidia's AI technology

In conjunction, Nvidia announced a collaboration with Volkswagen that will see the Nvidia XI platform used for adding AI features to several upcoming vehicle models. This week at CES the company announced that it's finally making Xavier, an AI chip made for self-driving vehicles that Nvidia announced in 2016, available to customers. These "mobility-as-a-service" fleets-a system VW Group is now developing-will initially include smaller self-driving vehicles that people can hail as well as larger vans.

Nvidia has had a stellar past year, with its share price doubling since the same period in 2017. The chip system is created to bring about a huge amount of computing power for self-driving applications. "Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning".

Volkswagen will infuse NVIDIA's Drive IX platform in its future vehicles to enable "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities and set the stage for autonomous driving, while Uber will enhance its self-driving vehicles with high-resolution perception for environment detection and collision prevention.

It will power the NVIDIA DRIVE software stack, and a trio of AI and artificial realityplatforms covering every aspect of the experience inside next-generation vehicles, Huang says. It's already working with the likes of electric vehicle pioneer Tesla and China's Baidu.

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He told the audience that the tech is helping these cars better understand the world around them and make quick navigational decisions.

Nvidia has previously worked with auto manufacturers on A.I. features, including Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and the company's I.D. Buzz for Volkswagen "is aiming to go into production in 2022". The technology will enable so-called "intelligent co-pilot" capabilities based on processing sensor data inside and outside the auto. Volkswagen will also work with Drive AR, a new augmented reality-based SDK that works off the same Nvidia technology platform.

Nvidia said development of the Uber self-driving programme had gained steam, with one million autonomous miles being driven in just the past 100 days.