Mercedes-Benz at CES 2019 announced that it has selected NVIDIA to help realize its vision for next-generation vehicles. The companies are working on creating a computer that defines the future of autonomous vehicles, the future of AI and the future of mobility. It will be a single system providing self-driving capabilities and smart-cockpit functions.
Currently, the vehicle’s software functions are powered by dozens of electronic control units, known as ECUs, that are distributed throughout the car. Each is specialized — one unit controls windows and one the door locks, for example, and others control power steering and braking.
By combining NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platforms with Mercedes’ vehicle architecture the companies aim to centralize and unify compute in the car, making it easier to integrate and update advanced software features as they become available, whether for self-driving or AI-powered user experiences. This supercomputer will be more capable and cost effective and at the same time enable Mercedes-Benz vehicles to run AI capabilities in the car and in the cockpit, from safe autonomous driving to innovative convenience features.
The partnership between the companies is not new and builds on a longstanding collaboration between the two companies. At last year’s CES the companies had unveiled the cockpit, Mercedes-Benz User Experience that infuses AI into everyday driving and is now in seven car models, with nine more being added this year. And in July, the companies, along with Bosch, announced a joint effort to operate a robotaxi service in San Jose, starting in this year’s second half.
Source: NVIDIA Blog