NVIDIA has today unveiled a new addition to the range of artificial intelligence computer systems by launching a new palm sized energy-efficient mini PC which has been specifically designed for self driving cars and takes the form of the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI computing platform.
The NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 is fitted with a single processor and has been designed for auto cruise functions that can include highway automated driving and HD mapping, consuming just 10 W of power. Rob Csongor, vice president and general manager of Automotive at NVIDIA explains more.
Bringing an AI computer to the car in a small, efficient form factor is the goal of many automakers,” said. “NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 in the car solves this challenge for our OEM and tier 1 partners, and complements our data center solution for mapping and training.
The NVIDIA press release continues by saying :
DRIVE PX 2 enables automakers and their tier 1 suppliers to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles. A car using the small form-factor DRIVE PX 2 for AutoCruise can understand in real time what is happening around it, precisely locate itself on an HD map and plan a safe path forward.
More than 80 automakers, tier 1 suppliers, startups and research institutions developing autonomous vehicle solutions are using DRIVE PX. DRIVE PX 2’s architecture scales from a single mobile processor configuration, to a combination of two mobile processors and two discrete GPUs, to multiple DRIVE PX 2s. This enables automakers and tier 1s to move from development into production for a wide range of self-driving solutions — from AutoCruise for the highway, to AutoChauffeur for point to point travel, to a fully autonomous vehicle.
NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 is powered by the company’s newest system-on-a-chip, featuring a GPU based on the NVIDIA Pascal architecture. A single NVIDIA Parker system-on-chip (SoC) configuration can process inputs from multiple cameras, plus lidar, radar and ultrasonic sensors. It supports automotive inputs/outputs, including ethernet, CAN and Flexray.
The new small form-factor DRIVE PX 2 will be the AI engine of the Baidu self-driving car. Last week at Baidu World, in Beijing, NVIDIA and Baidu announced a partnership to deliver a self-driving cloud-to-car system for Chinese automakers, as well as global brands.
For more information on the new NVIDIA mini PCs designed for self driving cars jump over to the official NVIDIA website for details.