Nvidia's new Pegasus chip targets tomorrow's fully autonomous vehicles

Nvidia's new Pegasus chip targets tomorrow's fully autonomous vehicles

Nvidia's new Pegasus chip targets tomorrow's fully autonomous vehicles

Nvidia has announced a new AI supercomputer with enough processing power for fully autonomous (Level 5) driving, which means it's everything a auto maker needs to power a driverless vehicle all by itself. The company goes as far as saying vehicles built around Pegasus' technology could eschew steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors, thereby offering increased flexibility to automotive designers. The new chip is aimed at "Level 5" autonomous driving, the highest level of autonomy.

Nvidia says Pegasus will offer Level Five autonomy, where a vehicle can drive itself on all roads and in all environments, regardless of weather, traffic, road conditions, or the actions of human drivers around it.

The company's DRIVE PX Pegasus AI computer is roughly the size of a license plate and it's capable of replacing the entire truck full of computing equipment that's used in existing level 5 autonomous cars. It's claimed to have the AI performance of a 100-server data center. New types of cars will be invented, resembling offices, living rooms or hotel rooms on wheels.

"The breakthrough AI performance and capabilities of the NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus platform will ensure the reliability and safety of our autonomous trucking fleet".

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"Driverless cars will enable new ride- and car-sharing services".

Of course, when the platform comes out, we won't see Level 5 vehicles popping up overnight. Under Huang, Nvidia's products harness the ability of graphics chips to perform many simple computing tasks at the same time more rapidly than traditional CPUs to run AI apps. Chips based on the Volta architecture are only now spreading into well-funded datacenters, and the GPUs on the Pegasus board are based on Volta's future successor.

The Pegasus is created to receive an Automotive Safety Integrity Level D certification, the highest standard of functional safety for road vehicles as defined by the ISO.

Pegasus will be available to NVIDIA's automotive partners in the second half of 2018, the press release said. According to the company, the DRIVE PX Pegasus AI computer will enable level 5 autonomy.

Nvidia shares were up 3.7%, near 192.20, in premarket trading on the stock market today.

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