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NVIDIA Drive Pegasus will power Bosch and Daimler’s automated vehicles

By Kenny Yeo - on 11 Jul 2018, 7:00am

NVIDIA Drive Pegasus will power Bosch and Daimler’s automated vehicles

A year ago, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) and Bosch announced that they would join forces to develop self-driving taxis.

The idea was to create a fleet of fully automated (SAE Level 4) and driverless (SAE Level 5) ’robo-taxis’ that could be summoned using an app.

Now, the two companies have announced that they have selected NVIDIA’s Drive Pegasus platform as the AI platform behind the project.

NVIDIA Drive Pegasus was specially designed to enable SAE Level 5 driverless vehicles and it features two Tegra Xavier SoCs and two next-generation discrete GPUs. This allows the system to perform a staggering 320 trillion operations per second.

This immense compute power is necessary as the vehicle processes large amounts of data as it drives along. For example, a single video sensor alone generates as much as 100GB of data per kilometer.

A car has multiple video sensors, lidar, radar, and also ultrasonic sensors so you can imagine the amount of data that it generates and that the AI platform needs to process.

As part of the agreement, NVIDIA will provide the AI platform and system software that will process the vehicle-driving algorithms generated by Bosch And Daimler using machine-learning methods.

Bosch and Daimler will reveal plans for their ‘robo-taxis’ and how they plan to test them soon.

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