New AI system to power self-driving cars

New AI system to power self-driving cars
A new artificial intelligence (AI) system built to power self-driving vehicles has been revealed by computer graphics chip-maker Nvidia.

The Drive PX Pegasus system is designed to handle level five driverless vehicles, which require no human input and have no need for any pedals or a steering wheel.

San Francisco-based Nvidia claims the chip can handle 320 trillion operations per second, making it 10 times more powerful than its predecessor, the PX 2.

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Jensen Heung, founder and CEO of Nvidia, said: “Creating a fully self-driving car is one of society’s most important endeavours – and one of the most challenging to deliver.

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“The breakthrough AI computing performance and efficiency of Pegasus is crucial for the industry to realise this vision.”

He added that driverless cars will enable the creation of new ride- and car-sharing services, leading to new types of cars resembling offices, living rooms or hotel rooms on wheels.

Eventually, travellers will be able to “order up the type of vehicle they want based on their destination and activities planned along the way”, Mr Heung said.

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Around 225 partners in the automotive industry are developing the Drive PX platform, with 25 of them using the company’s technology to build fully autonomous vehicles.

While the technology behind driverless cars is developing rapidly, it was reported earlier this year that the companies behind them still have a long way to go when it comes to convincing the public of their safety.

A study by Inrix has revealed that fewer than one in five road users in Britain would be willing to place their trust in driverless vehicles built by technology giants.

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