Volvo’s Self-driving Cars Will Use NVIDIA’s 12-Core Pascal-based Drive PX 2
The Swedish premium automobile manufacturer Volvo Cars will be using NVIDIA’s Pascal-based Drive PX 2 system in their self-driving cars, which will hit the road in 2017.
Sequel to the Drive PX in-car computer, the Drive PX 2 is a liquid-cooled beast unveiled by the company at CES 2016. It features 12 CPU cores and has 8 teraflops, thus packing the same amount of processing power as six Titan X boards, in just two GPUs. According to Nvidia, the new system is capable of achieving 24 trillion operations a second, which should make it particularly useful for powering self-driving cars.
Nvidia says its Drive PX 2 will provide both the hardware and software self driving capabilities. It will culminate data from cameras, lidar (light ray shooting Radar), radar, and ultrasonic sensors, creating a full 360-degree picture of the surroundings of the vehicle.
Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA, said in a statement:
Volvo, well-known for its safety and reliability, will be the first to develop DRIVE PX 2, using it as the brain for its fleet of 100 self-driving cars to be publicly available next year in its hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Initially, Volvo will only use a developer edition of the DRIVE PX 2 for its self-driving automotive trials in 2017, with the commercial availability planned for 2020.