Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA will join forces to create the most sophisticated and advanced computing architecture ever deployed in an automobile.
According to a Daimler press release, both companies will work on creating a revolutionary in-vehicle computing system and AI computing infrastructure.
The new software-defined architecture will be built on NVIDIA DRIVE platform and will be standard in Mercedes-Benz’ next-gen fleet, enabling state-of-the-art automated driving functionalities.
The computer system-on-chip (SoC), called Orin, is based on the recently announced NVIDIA Ampere supercomputing architecture.
The NVIDIA DRIVE platform includes a full system software stack designed for automated driving AI applications.
NVIDIA and Mercedes-Benz will jointly develop the AI and automated vehicle applications that include SAE Level 2 and 3 levels, as well as automated parking functions (up to Level 4).
A primary feature of the new system will be the ability to automate driving of regular routes from address to address.
There will also be numerous future safety and convenience applications, and all this could be rolled out by 2024.
Both companies contend that customers will be able to purchase and add capabilities, software applications and subscription services through over-the-air software updates during the life of the car.
Talking about the development, Jensen Huang – founder and CEO of NVIDIA – said that: “We are excited to work with Mercedes-Benz. It’s the perfect partner for us given its long record of innovation and our strong technical relationship.”
“It’s clear from our extensive discussions with Ola Källenius (Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG) and his team, that we share a common vision of the automobile of the future.”
“Together, we’re going to revolutionize the car ownership experience, making the vehicle software programmable and continuously upgradeable via over the air updates.”
“Every future Mercedes-Benz with the NVIDIA DRIVE system will come with a team of expert AI and software engineers continuously developing, refining and enhancing the car over its lifetime.”
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