The collaboration between Daimler, Bosch, and NVIDIA was announced on July 9, and it aims to produce self-driving cars, something that auto industry insiders call as Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy.
KPMG says that by the year 2030, there will be a new $1 trillion industry involving the driverless cars and relevant services. There’s going to be a huge space for benefits when these cars start driving themselves on the roads.
The AI-infused vehicles will not just improve access to mobility transport but as well will contribute to enhancing traffic flow and safety. It will take just about 17 cents a mile when you are summoning a driverless vehicle by using your smartphone, as analysts predict. Additionally, users can work while driving (or, being driven?) to the office, and it will contribute to making up for an estimated $99 billion worth of lost productivity per year.
In order to achieve all this, Daimler and Bosch are using NVIDIA Drive, the AV computing platform. It is providing technologies for deep learning, image recog, cloud computing, sensor fusion, and more. Bosch is the largest tier 1 automotive supplier of the world, is bringing its expertise on hardware and systems onboard. Daimler is a global brand and the parent of Mercedes-Benz is contributing to its specialization in vehicles, safety, and quality.
NVIDIA Drive Pegasus is being used by the two automotive brands, and it is an AI supercomputer dedicated to autonomous cars. It can deliver 320 TOPS (trillions of operations per second) and is equipped with two Xavier SoCs of NVIDIA, and two of the brand’s next-gen GPUs. On the whole, it is a co-designed hardware and software platform that’s designed to accomplish ASIL-D ISO 26262 (highest level of automotive functional safety).
NVIDIA says that over 370 companies have adopted its platform already, with Daimler and Bosch being the leaders in bringing innovative new driverless vehicles and related services that can transform lives for the better.