NVIDIA Launches NVIDIA DRIVE Car Computers
|   Saturday, January 24, 2015
NVIDIA DRIVE is the centerpiece for future autonomous navigation through new computer systems. It promises to provide the required performance for applications, as well as learning mechanisms for systems equipped with artificial intelligence.

NVIDIA just launched two car computers: the NVIDIA DRIVE PX, which provides the ability to run unattended, and NVIDIA DRIVE CX, for the development of the most advanced digital car system. Moreover, the two platforms are based on the same architecture used in the most powerful supercomputers of today.


"Mobile supercomputing will be central to tomorrow's car. With vast arrays of cameras and displays, cars of the future will see and increasingly understand their surroundings. Whether finding their way back to you from a parking spot or using situational awareness to keep out of harm's way, future cars will do many amazing, seemingly intelligent things. Advances in computer vision, deep learning and graphics have finally put this dream within reach. NVIDIA DRIVE will accelerate the intelligent car revolution by putting the visual computing capabilities of supercomputers at the service of each driver" declared Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder, NVIDIA.

The DRIVE PX system is based on the NVIDIA Tegra X1 mobile processor, built on the latest Maxwell architecture and offers 1 teraflop processing power, more than the most advanced supercomputer built in the early 21st century.

The processing power of the DRIVE PX platform is provided by two Tegra X1 mobile processors. These processors allow the connection of up to 12 high resolution cameras. In this way, the images obtained can be processed at a speed of 1.3 giga pixels per second.

Thus the cars equipped with DRIVE PX benefit from Auto-Valet: without human intervention, the car will automatically identify a free parking place and it will occupy it unassisted. Furthermore, the owner may request the car's DRIVE PX system (through the smart phone) to navigate on autopilot to his transmitted coordinates.
The depth learning capacity of the NVIDIA DRIVE PX platform gives it the ability to distinguish between different types of vehicle –an ambulance being different than a police car, for example; everything for it to behave like a real driver.

While DRIVE PX is overseeing what happens outside the car, the DRIVE CX deals with digital skills in the vehicle and can even keep a digitally eye on the driver.
The DRIVE CX is available with either Tegra X1 or Tegra K1 processors, as well as fully tested road software. In these conditions, the DRIVE CX can handle up to 16.8 million pixels on multiple screens - more than 10 times that of current model cars.

Both NVIDIA DRIVE PX and DRIVE CX platforms come with a range of software kits from NVIDIA, or from third-party solution providers.
The DRIVE PX and DRIVE CX autopilot development platform will be available in the second quarter of 2015.

Ever since its founding in 1993 NVIDIA has led the way into the art and science of visual computing. The company's technologies are morphing the world of displays into a world of interactive discovery, be it gamers or scientists, and even regular consumers. This is one more step in that direction.
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