Toyota collaborates with NVIDIA, the automaker’s latest self-driving vehicles to use NVIDIA’s AI car computer platform
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2017-05-11
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Toyota collaborates with NVIDIA, the automaker’s latest self-driving vehicles to use NVIDIA’s AI car computer platform

Renowned player in global automotive industry, Toyota, recently partnered with tech giant NVIDIA to use the GPU maker’s self-driving car platform for its new range of autonomous cars.

Toyota plans to use NVIDIA’s Xavier AI Car Supercomputer, the latest introduction in the Drive PX Series, launched at the CES 2017. Reports state that Xavier will be used to power the self-driving systems inside Toyota’s autonomous cars to be launched in the future, as announced by NVIDIA’s top officials at the GTC Conference held in San Jose, California.

Toyota has been working on autonomous car technology for more than two decades. This has been evident from the company’s publicly known goals regarding the development of fully functional autonomous cars for the sick and the elderly. Another one of Toyota’s aims is to integrate AI technologies in regular production cars that will perform the dual functions of being completely autonomous and assisting the driver when necessary. Toyota possibly plans to deploy NVIDIA’s latest Drive PX platform for its production cars. The Japanese automaker aims to achieve smooth traffic, easy mobility, and drastically reduce the occurrence of road accidents. Its collaboration with NVIDIA also seems to be bordering on these high-end goals, as stated by some of Toyota’s top personnel, and intends to expedite the development of safe, reliable, and efficient self-driving car technologies.

Toyota, which also has a significant share in global automotive aftermarket, has already unveiled the latest version of its test self-driving automobile in March, equipped with numerous sensors. Sources reveal that both, NVIDIA and Toyota have deployed strong teams that are striving hard to incorporate NVIDIA’s Xavier AI Car Supercomputer in Toyota’s autonomous test cars.

Although Toyota has proclaimed the partnership publicly, many key details are found to be missing in the announcement. Toyota has refrained from mentioning the type of automobiles NVIDIA’s platform is going to be used for, and NVIDIA has also remained silent on the issue. The automaker’s future plans regarding the deployment of these Xavier-embedded autonomous cars also seem to be blurry, given that Toyota’s spokespersons have not provided sufficient details about the partnership.

Unlike many previous alliances of automakers with NVIDIA that focused on using the latter’s Drive PX technology for self-driving systems, Toyota will concentrate on applying the AI powered platform for production cars that can be switched between being completely autonomous and also aid the driver. Drawing a gist of the details provided by reliable reports so far, it would seem that NVIDIA’s AI car technology will be used by Toyota for its range of production cars only. However, this assumption is yet to be confirmed by the automotive giant, which experts believe, will happen soon enough.



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