The manufacturers of computer graphics cards – Nvidia – has recently announced a new and arguably more powerful computing platform for use in self-driving vehicles. Nvidia, which is one of the best known graphic cards-maker in the world, claims that its new system dubbed Pegasus can be used to power Level 5, fully driverless cars without mirrors, pedals or steering wheels, reports The Verge.
Nvidia’s Drive PX platform will deliver around 320 trillion operations/second
The new iteration of the Drive PX platform of the GPU maker will deliver over 320 trillion operations per second that amounts to more than 10 times the processing power of its predecessor. The company says that Pegasus will be marketed to the hundreds of tech companies and car making companies, which are currently developing autonomous cars starting the second half of 2018.
The promise of Nvidia to bring Level 5 autonomy should not be taken so lightly. Most car making companies and tech companies speak quite carefully about the levels of autonomy. They try to avoid claims on which they may not ultimately be able to deliver.
No car that is commercially available currently on the road is more than a Level 2. The new A8 sedan of Audi is Level 3 autonomous, says Audi. However, the present regulations would not let the Germany-based automaker to turn it on so we just can take Audi’s word on that. The car making companies have said that they will possibly skip the Level 3 as well as the Level 4 because it is too dangerous. Most car makers said that they will go right to Level 5.
These cars are going to save a lot of lives, says Nvidia
Danny Shapiro, senior director of automated driving at Nvidia, said that these vehicles are going to save a lot of lives. On Monday, the executives of the graphic cards maker said in a conference call with reporters that these automated cars with their Level 5-empowering GPUs will first be deployed in a Level 5-empowering GPUs like airports or college campuses. However, the company expects these GPUs to be deployed to more public roads as their life saving potential is realized.
Self-driving cars, which do not require any human intervention currently are only theoretical. The vision of the future that is most appealing to tech enthusiasts and futurists is where the vehicles can manage all tasks in all conditions. According to Shapiro, Pegasus contains an amount of power that is equivalent to a 100-server data center in the form-factor size of a license plate.
Nvidia started working on autonomous cars a few years ago and now it has partnered with many suppliers as well as automakers to develop automated cars. The other announcements that Nvidia made during its conference were “it was partnering with auto supplier ZF and Deutsche Post DHL Group” to roll out fully autonomous delivery trucks by 2019. Another announcement was that it was providing early access to its virtual “Holodeck” technology to some lucky developers and designers.