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Nvidia Halts Self Driving Car Tests After Uber Mishap

28 March, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Janis Wilson
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The company best known for its powerful graphics cards has in recent years waded into the self-driving vehicle waters, and it now counts over 370 partners in the space.

"I believe as a result of what happened last week, the amount of investment into the seriousness of [autonomous vehicles] is going to go up", he said during a question-and-answer session with journalists at the company's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California today. The promise is to move self-driving vehicle testing off the public roads and into data centers before the technology is proven out. "It's a reminder of how hard [self-driving car] technology is and that it needs to be approached with extreme caution and the best safety technologies", Nvidia said in a statement.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said today that the autonomous Uber crash in Tempe, Arizona last week would likely lead to more investment in self-driving cars, not less.

Nvidia has revealed Drive Constellation, a virtual reality autonomous vehicle simulator that aims to hasten development of self-driving software.

"This tragedy is exactly why we've committed ourselves to perfecting this life-saving technology". Nvidia is working with 370 companies that are all developing autonomous vehicles in some way, including Uber.

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Nvidia had been testing driverless vehicle technology around the world in locations such as Santa Clara, Calif., where the company is headquartered, as well as in New Jersey, Japan and Germany. "DRIVE Constellation for virtually testing and validating will bring us a step closer to the production of self-driving cars".

The simulation server is powered by NVIDIA GPUs, each generating a stream of simulated sensor data, which feed into the DRIVE Pegasus for processing.

"We're able to deploy this in the cloud and scale it up to generate billions of miles that ultimately will be able to showcase and statistically show how ... these self-driving algorithms" perform, Danny Shapiro, Nvidia's senior director, automotive, said in a phone briefing with reporters.

Uber proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities following the accident. Waymo uses simulation in addition to physical testing.



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