Although Uber, Intel, Google, and several other giants are trying to dominate the industry of self-driving cars, Nvidia has decided to jump into the fray too.
Since the company is already widely popular for its GeForce graphics cards, the officials thought that maybe it was time to extend their range to another technological domain. As such, Nvidia is testing its self-driving prototypes in California after it has received approval from the government of California.
Interestingly enough, some people even saw the Nvidia BB8 autonomous vehicle on the streets Friday. CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang came up with the idea last year when he discussed with Elon Musk about the possibility of Nvidia joining the market of self-driving cars.
According to Musk, Nvidia’s mobile processor brand, known as Tegra, will play an important role in the development of the self-driving technology. The company invested roughly two billion dollars in a revolutionary project meant to develop chipsets that would support artificial intelligence (AI).
In other words, the P100 chipset currently used by Tesla was manufactured by Nvidia. The company publicly announced in September its new partnership with Baidu, a Chinese company. The plan is to further develop the AI self-driving technology.
Over the past few months, the company has built several cars which are already tested in New Jersey. Also, the AI vehicle computing open platform called Drive PX2 was unveiled earlier this year. Besides the fact that it comes with AutoCruise functions, the Drive PX2 runs on a single chipset.
It is worth mentioning that the company participated in Roborace in April, the first championship in the world which involves just self-driving cars. Some experts believe that although Nvidia has begun manufacturing autonomous vehicles, it is not known yet whether the company will develop its own car fleet to join the car-sharing market as well.
Uber, General Motors, and many other companies have already introduced extensive car-sharing programs in many large cities across the United States, making it easier for drivers to reduce traffic and have a less stressful day.
For instance, Uber and GM Maven are promoting a 90-day pilot project, which allows Uber drivers to lease a Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, and Trax for $179 a week, including unlimited mileage and insurance.
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