Audi and NVIDIA have announced that they will team up to use artificial intelligence to bring fully automated vehicles to the roads, starting in 2020.
By using deep learning technology to handle real-life complexities on the roads, the partners believe that they can accelerate the transition to safer, autonomous vehicles.
The two partners announced their collaboration during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
To showcase their progress at the event, the companies offered demonstrations of an Audi Q7 piloted driving concept vehicle without a driver behind the wheel.
The concept car harnesses artificial intelligence to learn from the road and help it to handle unpredictable driving conditions, such as roadblocks, construction or changes in the weather.
Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, said: “In our mutual pursuit for safer roads, the partnership between Audi and NVIDIA will expand to deep learning and artificial intelligence to bring higher automation into production more quickly.”
“NVIDIA is pioneering the use of deep learning AI to revolutionize transportation,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, the company's Founder and CEO.
“Audi's adoption of our DRIVE computing platform will accelerate the introduction of next-generation automated vehicles, moving us closer to a future of greater driving safety and new mobility services.”
Audi and NVIDIA are long-time partners. Later this year, in a move it expects to help drivers with stressful commutes, Audi plans to bring to market an A8 model that it says is the world's first Level 3 automated vehicle.
The vehicle's Traffic Jam Pilot system, which uses a central controller with NVIDIA hardware and software, will allow drivers travelling at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour to hand over steering, acceleration and braking controls to the car under certain conditions.
Last month, Audi became the first car manufacturer to launch Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology in the US, with its Traffic Light Information service.
The system harnesses V2I technology to connect to nearby traffic lights and provide a dashboard countdown letting the driver know when the lights will turn green.