NVIDIA, the Silicon Valley graphics chipmaker, this week unveiled the first computer chips for designing completely independent cars and claimed that it had over 25 users working to make a fresh class of robo-taxis, driverless cars, and long-haul trucks.
The biggest logistics and mail company of the world, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and a leading automotive parts provider, ZF, aim to organize a fleet of independent delivery trucks on the basis of the new chips, beginning in 2019, NVIDIA claimed to the media in an interview.
The 3rd generation of Drive PX automotive line of NVIDIA, also dubbed as Pegasus, is a chip with the size of car license plates coupled with center-class data processing power.
They can manage 320 Trillion operations each second, indicating almost a 13x elevation over the computing power of the present PX 2 class.
This dramatic enhancement is a pre-condition for testing and developing future independent vehicles, experts claimed to the media in an interview.
“NVIDIA is one step at the forefront. But you can be certain that you can anticipate rival chipmakers NXP, Intel, and Bosch not to be very far lagging,” claimed principal automotive electronics expert with one of the industry market research companies, Luca De Ambroggi, to the media in an interview.
Intel, the computer chip giant, and its Mobileye automotive division are operating with BMW, the German carmaker, and Delphi, the U.S. auto supplier, on their own independent driving platform projected out in 2021. NXP has decided to be obtained by Qualcomm to form the largest auto electronics provider in the world, while the top auto supplier of the industry, Bosch, is operating with Daimler, the carmaker.
Danny Shapiro, the automotive director of NVIDIA, claimed to the media in an interview that most of the first 25 users utilizing Pegasus chips might aim on robo-taxis, which will be made without brakes and steering wheels and utilized only on devoted paths. Larger name automakers will declare cars running on Pegasus at their own good launches in approaching months, he further added.
Well, let us see if Pegasus will really serve up to its name and perform well.