Future autonomous vehicles will soon benefit from advanved systems that will enable them to fully drive around without the need of human intervention. Nvidia is busy furthering this kind of technology after introducing 'Pegasus', an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) computer designed to drive fully autonomous robotaxis.
It is capable of handling over 320 trillion operations per second (10x more than the older Nvidia Drive PX2) and can also control other functions of the car besides driving. These include tracking other vehicles and pedestrians, planning safe and quick destination routes and viewing the world via 360-degree cameras in real-time.
“Creating a fully self-driving car is one of society’s most important endeavors — and one of the most challenging to deliver. The breakthrough AI computing performance and efficiency of Pegasus is crucial for the industry to realise this vision. Driverless cars will enable new ride- and car-sharing services. New types of cars will be invented, resembling offices, living rooms or hotel rooms on wheels,” said Jensen Huang, Nvidia founder and CEO.
With this type of advanced software, self-driving cars that will be powered by Nvidia's Pegasus system will no longer need to have a steering wheel, side mirrors or even pedals. In addition, these autonomous vehicles can arrive on demand and pick up passengers who can relax inside the vehicle while going to their destination/s. Such features that can be activated while inside the self-driving car include AutoCruise which can be used on the highway, and AutoChauffeur for point-to-point travel.
Other features present in the Pegasus system include 16 high-speed sensor inputs that can be connected to cameras, radar and lidar systems and ultrasonics. It even comes with 10 GB ethernet connectors combined with a memory bandwidth that exceeds 1 terabyte per second.
The Pegasus System will be available for Nvidia's automotive partners by mid-2018.
Beside the Pegasus, Nvidia also revealed 'Holodeck', an intelligent virtual reality (VR) platform for designers and developers. It features an immersive, photo-realistic VR environment for a more accurate look for examining scale models and the like.
Thanks to its realistic graphics and use of real-world physics, Nvdia claimed this reduces the need for making physical prototypes. Product designers, app developers, architects and even 3D content creators can use Holodeck in various ways includling: render large and highly-detailed models in life-like scale, create and interact with people or robots to test products and collaborate in real-time with people from around the globe.
“NVIDIA Holodeck empowers designers to bring peers, partners and customers along the design journey to explore intricate, life-like 3D worlds together and ensure that the best ideas are discovered,” said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at Nvidia.
Holodeck is still in early access and is only available to a select group of developers, designers and inventors. Nvidia is currently accepting applications for early access.