NVIDIA and Toyota to collaborate on AI technologies for autonomous cars

NVIDIA this week announced a collaboration with Toyota to deliver artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that will enhance the capabilities of the autonomous driving systems planned for introduction by the carmaker within the next few years.

Toyota will use NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX AI computer platform to power its planned autonomous driving systems. Engineers from the two firms are collaborating on the software that will allow Toyota’s vehicles to better understand the massive volumes of data generated by vehicle sensors.

“Toyota has worked on autonomous driving technologies for over 20 years with the aim of reducing traffic fatalities to zero as an ultimate goal, achieving smoother traffic, and providing mobility for all,” said Ken Koibuchi, executive general manager at Toyota.

“Through this collaboration, we intend to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems that are even more safe and capable.”

AI and deep learning technologies are central to the development of many autonomous vehicles because of their ability to understand the environment around the vehicle and anticipate potential hazards when driving.

NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX platform processes data from cameras, lidar, radar and other vehicle sensors, and can deliver 30 trillion deep learning operations per second.

Jensen Huang, chief executive officer and founder of NVIDIA, said: “We envision a future society where autonomous vehicles whisk people safely and comfortably around beautiful cities.  

“The development of a self-driving car is one of the greatest technical challenges that’s ever been tackled.

“We’re combining breakthroughs in AI and high performance computing to build NVIDIA DRIVE PX, the brain of the autonomous car. Today’s announcement with Toyota is the strongest indication that this autonomous future will soon become a reality.”