The Consumer Electronics Show has kicked off with noteworthy announcements from Nvidia. What is the announcement about? Nvidia Drive PX 2, a supercomputer for self-driving cars, has been introduced by the GPU manufacturing company. It means that self-driving cars will now have their brains.
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, states that Drive PX 2 is the “world’s first in-car AI supercomputer for self-driving cars.” He further said, “the computational capability of the Drive PX 2 is roughly the same as 150 Macbook Pros.” Giving details about this supercomputer, the CEO also said that Nvidia Drive PX 2:
- Has 12 CPU cores
- Is capable of 24 deep learning TOPS and 8 teraflops of processing power
The company has managed to gather all this power “within the size of a school lunchbox.” The automobile world is going to witness wonderful changes and excellent announcements at CES 2016. This is just the beginning. If this supercomputer turns out to be exactly what has been claimed, self-driving cars are going to change forever. When a machine is not operated by human hands, you need to develop a brain for the system, which will only add to the convenience of users. With the Nvidia Drive PX 2, self-driving cars will be able to understand the direction of roads in a much better way.
As for the capability of Nvidia Drive PX 2? In the company’s own words, “DRIVE PX 2 can process the inputs of 12 video cameras, plus lidar, radar and ultrasonic sensors. It fuses them to accurately detect objects, identify them, determine where the car is relative to the world around it, and then calculate its optimal path for safe travel.” Looking forward to the technology already? All of us are.
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