Visitors to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in February found out what it’s like being ferried in a vehicle without anyone at the wheel – courtesy of a fleet of driverless buses launched for the event by South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. For the rest of us, an autonomous driving future might be closer than we think.

Luxury car brand Daimler affirmed that last week, in announcing a tie-up with artificial intelligence (AI) computing company Nvidia to develop systems architecture for fully automated and driverless urban vehicles. The collaboration between Daimler, auto-parts giant Bosch and Nvidia could see the testing of a robot taxi project in California in less than a year. The technology is to be ramped up for mass production by the beginning of the next decade.

The idea, in theory, seems straightforward enough – automated vehicles being really, as Daimler explains, just complex computers on wheels. However, its execution is more complicated.

Cars need even more computing power if they are to negotiate city traffic automatically, with input sourced from an array of disparate surround sensors. Nvidia provides the means with its Drive Pegasus platform powered “by high performance AI automotive processors along with system software that will process the vehicle-driving algorithms generated by Bosch and Daimler using machine-learning methods”, Daimler said in its announcement…. see more

source: scmp