Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced that Nvidia's Drive Xavier autonomous compute platform would be used for Baidu's Apollo project, which aims to offer an open platform for self-driving cars in partnership with a wide variety of automakers, suppliers and tech companies.
It will power the NVIDIA DRIVE software stack, and a trio of AI and artificial realityplatforms covering every aspect of the experience inside next-generation vehicles, Huang says.
Xavier was first teased a year ago but Nvidia says it now forms the basis of two software platforms - Drive IX and the just announced Drive AR - all of which are part of Nvidia's Pegasus AI computing platform.
Xavier's specs include 9 billion transistors, a custom version of the company's powerful Volta GPU, and a whole bunch of other complex numbers that make Xavier the biggest chip of its kind. The self-driving Ubers have already completed more than 50,000 passenger trials, racking up more than 2m autonomous miles in the process.
Nvidia believes that its technology has a role to play in reducing accidents as well as increasing capacity on the road by cutting down the necessity of multiple auto ownership and enabling road transportation to become a lot more efficient.
It's also been working with Volkswagen, one of the world's largest vehicle makers.
According to Tech Crunch, "Nvidia will power artificial intelligence technology built into its future vehicles, including the new I.D. Buzz, its all-electric retro-inspired camper van concept". It will help the so-called "Smart copter" has better capabilities based on data from sensors located inside and outside the vehicle.
Although this technology is still in the early stages, Nvidia has achieved considerable success in the market. Steadily climbing from 100 companies, now up to 320, all using or developing for NVIDIA's DRIVE system.
NVIDIA's solution takes that one step further by using nearly videogame like imagery to show drivers things like a route they've via the sat nav, or possible dangers they may not have been aware of. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show Nvidia partnered with Volkswagen to introduce new features called Drive IX and Drive AR.