Nvidia Declines After Suspending Self-Driving Car Testing

Ruben Fields
March 28, 2018

Nvidia Corp. said on Tuesday it will suspend self-driving tests across the globe after Uber Technologies Inc.'s fatality last week.

Around 320 companies involved in self-driving cars - from software developers, automakers and their suppliers, sensor and mapping companies - use Nvidia Drive platform, according to the company's website. Nvidia had been testing its autonomous driving technology in New Jersey, California, Japan and Germany.

Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced that it has been recognized with the Americas 2017 NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) High Performance Computing (HPC) Partner of the Year Award at the 2018 NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Ultimately AVs will be far safer than human drivers, so this important work needs to continue. Among the highlights was his announcement of an update to NVIDIA DRIVE, the AI platform for autonomous driving, which now includes a autonomous driving simulator to support autonomous driving development.

The first server runs Nvidia Drive Sim software to simulate a self-driving vehicle's sensors, such as cameras, lidar, and radar. This data is processed just like it is actually coming from the sensors of a vehicle on the road-at speeds of 30 times per second. "See the latest breakthroughs in self-driving cars, smart cities, healthcare, big data, high performance computing, virtual reality and more", writes the firm.

"With the new NVIDIA Quadro GV100, driven by the NVIDIA Volta GPU architecture, our VRHero 5Kenterprise clients will be able to run larger and more sophisticated 3D scenes, use near production-quality models without the need for tedious manual optimization, and enable performance-demanding functions, such as particle simulations or antialiasing in VR", adds Polcak.

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Nvidia's announcements come at a pivotal time for the self-driving auto industry.

The idea of self-driving cars is gaining a lot of traction these days, but the incident in Arizona may put the idea of autonomous cars on hold for a while. The vehicle was in autonomous mode when it struck the victim, and it is the first known pedestrian death involving a self-driving auto.

TensorRT can also be deployed on NVIDIA Drive autonomous vehicles and NVIDIA Jetson embedded platforms.

Testing may not involve putting self-driving cars on public streets, with all the safety issues that entails, but virtual environments aren't real ones, no matter how authentic the simulations seem.

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