A year after unveiling the Xavier autonomous machine intelligence processors, Nvidia has now started shipping the Xavier processors to customers this quarter. On a related note, Nvidia has also announced an entire lineup of its Drive AI platform which is based on the Xavier SoC. Nvidia is aiming to blend the AR into driving experience.
Nvidia’s automotive lead, Danny Shapiro is betting on the AR experience for driving. He says that the AR will soon become an integral part of the driving experience and will start being included in all the cars. The company has already launched the Drive AR SDK which will let developers build their apps on top of the Xavier platform. The developers will be able to add graphics, artificial intelligence and also overlay crucial information like the road conditions, traffic, and interests.
Nvidia seems to have developed a comprehensive solution for the future of the automobiles. The Drive IX aims at helping developers build in car AI assistants and also act as a hub for both internal and external sensors. The Drive IX system is designed with an intent to communicate with both the driver and the passengers as well. Shortly, it is quite likely that all of the cars will come equipped with digital assistants like Alexa and Nvidia will help in its implementation.
That apart, Nvidia is already offering Pegasus, an autonomous taxi brain. The Drive AI is based on the Pegasus and is made up of two Xavier SoCs coupled with two Nvidia GPU’s. All of this is placed into a single package that is relatively compact. As of now, Nvidia is working with 25 customers who are already using Pegasus to power their self-driving Robotaxi fleet. The automobile industry is in the midst of a much-needed overhaul and perhaps solutions like the Drive AI will supercharge the change process.