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Bosch, Daimler, Nvidia

Bosch & Daimler are working with Nvidia to boost the computing power for upcoming autonomous cars

Other than bots delivering take-out meals and suburban Phoenix residents, the likely first encounter for most folks with autonomous vehicles may be in a shuttle. Several demonstration programs are already running, mostly supplied with vehicles from start-up companies. The big boys are now jumping in with Robert Bosch, one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world, at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) offering its take on what appears to be a mobile room full of seats. It’s part bus, part horizontal elevator, arriving, of course, with a compliment of smartphone-based apps.

Bosch also highlighted a new program working with automaker Daimler and technology provider Nvidia to accelerate automated driving in cities. As one of the most complex driving environments, cities present many challenges for autonomous vehicles (AVs). However, cities also represent the most likely market where AVs  will first roll out because of the density of traffic

The three companies will put technology-laden S-Class Mercedes on the road in Stuttgart (Daimler and Bosch’s home base) and Silicon Valley (Nvidia’s home base where both Daimler and Bosch have research labs). The vehicles they’re experimenting with have versatile, redundant systems capable of handling hundreds of  trillions of operations per second, based around Nvidia Drive Pegasus platform artificial intelligence (AI) processors. AI is a key building block in the development of self-driving cars that won’t require drivers. Information from radar, video, lidar and ultrasonic sensors all has to be acknowledged and processed in fractions of seconds. Bosch and Daimler bring their combined more than two centuries of automotive experience to the program while Nvidia comes to the party with rapidly developing computer technology that has grown out of the gaming industry. Daimler plans to have fully autonomous cars available early in the next decade.

Bosch, Daimler, Nvidia

Navigating cities is a huge challenge for self-driving cars

Michael Coates is the Editor & Publisher of Smarticd and an internationally recognized expert in the field of automotive environmental issues. He has been an automotive editor and writer for more than three decades. His media experience includes Petersen Publishing (now part of the The Enthusiast Network), the Green Car Journal, trade magazines, newspaper and television news reporting. He currently serves on the board of Western Automotive Journalists and has been an organizer of that group’s Future Cars, Future Technology and Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel programs. He also serves as Automotive Editor at Innovation & Tech Today magazine.

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2 Comments

Tom January 14, 2019 at 12:28 am

Thanks for sharing all the info.

    Michael Coates January 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    @Tom,
    This is what we do. We also always welcome suggestions of areas we should cover, but haven’t. –ed.

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