NVIDIA Announces Pascal GPU Based AI Supercomputer for Self-Driving Cars
NVIDIA has officially announced Drive PX 2 supercomputer based on artificial intelligence that has the capability of driving cars without any external control. According to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the Drive PX 2 is world’s first supercomputer for autonomous driving cars.
Powered by NVIDIA’s 16nm FinFET based Pascal GPU, the supercomputer is equivalent to the size of a lunch box, but packs the processing power of around 150 MacBook Pro units.
Some other notable features of the unit include liquid cooling, lidar, radar, ultrasonic sensors, and 360-degree situational awareness all around the vehicle. Furthermore, the unit is also capable of processing the inputs from 12 cameras.
The company has also announced NVIDIA DriveWorks which is essentially a set of tools that aid in the testing and development of the self-driving vehicles.
The technology company has also announced a partnership with the car manufacturer Volvo who will manufacture hundreds of cars which will make use of Drive PX 2, however, note that Volvo is only one of the first manufacturers to jump in.
As for tentative release date, the Drive PX 2 development engine is expected to launch sometime during the fourth quarter of 2016 with early development partners getting it in the second quarter.