Bosch has teamed up with Nvidia to develop an AI-enabled computer that will serve as the brain for mass produced self-driving cars.
The announcement comes close on the heels of Intel’s $15.3 billion deal to acquire automated car tech firm Mobileye.
Ranked among the world’s largest auto parts makers, both Bosch and Nvidia will utilize Nvidia’s deep learning software and Drive PX processor to develop the new AI-powered computer.
The computer they create will use Drive PX with Nvidia’s Xavier ‘AI super chip’ that allows for Level 4 autonomy. That designation describes an automated car than can drive itself under most, but not all, road conditions.
Level 4 autonomy is the gold standard among autonomous vehicle makers who plan to introduce the same within the next three-four years.
The collaboration was initially announced at CES 2017 in January. Given Bosch’s vast global production and customer base, the partnership announced on Wednesday should help ensure that Nvidia-based technology for driverless cars is truly automotive grade – heavily tested, highly durable and reliable, and easily mass-produced.
While Nvidia’s core business remains processors that power ever more complex gaming graphics, its chips turn out to be highly effective at running artificial intelligence software in autonomous vehicles.
The particular branch of AI that Nvidia pursues, so-called deep learning, is intended to allow vehicles equipped with its technology to continually get smarter in terms of recognizing road conditions and patterns as they are fed data from external sensors and a vision system.
Image credits: Bosch. Excerpts and source: Forbes/Alan Ohnsman