Nvidia today introduced its Tegra X1 powered Drive range of computers for auto-piloted cars. Nvidia will offer two car computers-Drive PX, for developing auto-pilot capabilities, and Drive CX, for creating the most advanced digital cockpit systems.
The Nvidia Drive PX auto-pilot development platform provides the technical foundation for cars with completely new features that draw heavily on recent developments in computer vision and deep learning.
It is based on the new Nvidia Tegra X1 mobile superchip, which is built on NVIDIA’s latest Maxwell GPU architecture and delivers over one teraflops of processing power. Drive PX, featuring two Tegra X1 super chips, has inputs for up to 12 high-resolution cameras, and can process up to 1.3 gigapixels per second.
Its computer vision capabilities can enable Auto-Valet, allowing a car to find a parking space and park itself, without human intervention. While current systems offer assisted parallel parking in a specific spot, Nvidia Drive PX can allow a car to discover open spaces in a crowded parking garage, park autonomously and then later return to pick up its driver when summoned from a smartphone.
The Nvidia Drive CX cockpit computer is a complete solution with hardware and software to enable advanced graphics and computer vision for navigation, infotainment, digital instrument clusters and driver monitoring. It also enables Surround-Vision, which provides an undistorted top-down, 360-degree view of the car in real time – solving the problem of blind spots –and can completely replace a physical mirror with a digital smart mirror.
Available with either Tegra X1 or Tegra K1 processors, and complete road-tested software, the Drive can power up to 16.8 million pixels on multiple displays – more than 10 times that of current model cars.
Both the platforms include a range of software application modules from Nvidia or third-party solutions providers and will be available in the second quarter of 2015.