Nvidia has been developing a new computer for cars they are calling the Drive PX2, a follow-up to a previous years’ project. This thing’s processing power is supposedly equivalent to 150 MacBook Pros while sitting in a small sized computer. It has 12 CPU cores that support a combined eight teraflops and 24 deep learning tera operations per second. It is also water-cooled, which is really cool sounding to me.
It probably does not make any sense to some but for a properly-designed self driving car to work correctly in all situations the computer needs to have a ton of processing power so it can handle all the controls, sensors, and learning it needs to be fully autonomous without needing any internet access. Nvidia says the PX2 can “process the inputs of 12 video cameras, plus lidar, radar and ultrasonic sensors.”
Volvo will be Nvidia’s first partner to use the Drive PX2. If it works or rather what is different about it that says it will when compared to what has already been you will have to listen to in the video.
Supposedly Nvidia has created a testing stage platform called the “Nvidia Drivenet” and it is already testing its own self-driving cars. The computer can train itself to “perceive things out in the world.” Huang said it took just a few months for the network to recognize objects in real time. It’s not a new idea bit Nvidia claims it has made some big moves in recent months.
Nvidia is also working with other companies like Audi, Daimler, Ford, and BMW to test its systems. I heard the words to explain the progress as being able to read German road signs “better than a human can.” Eitherway big things are happening as the Star Trek movie comes to life in everyday life.