Nvidia unveils Pegasus AI platform for fully autonomous vehicles

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Oct 10, 2017
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  1. Nvidia on Tuesday unveiled a new artificial intelligence computer designed to drive fully autonomous taxis.

    Codenamed Pegasus, the new hardware builds on Nvidia’s existing Drive PX platform to enable Level 5 autonomy – in other words, vehicles without steering wheels, pedals and mirrors that require zero input from passengers to get to their destinations.

    The new Drive DX Pegasus system is powered by two of Nvidia’s newest Xavier SoC processors (with an embedded GPU based on the Nvidia Volta architecture) alongside two next-gen discrete GPUs. The system is designed for ASIL D certification (the industry's highest safety level) with automotive inputs/outputs including CAN (controller area network), Flexray, 16 dedicated high-speed sensor inputs for camera, radar, lidar and ultrasonics, plus multiple 10Gbit Ethernet connectors.

    The graphics card maker claims the system is capable of delivering over 320 trillion operations per second which is more than 10 times as powerful as its predecessor, the Drive PX 2. Its combined memory bandwidth exceeds 1 terabyte per second, we’re told.

    Nvidia says millions of hours of lost time will be recovered by drivers as they work, play, eat or sleep during their daily commutes. What’s more, countless lives will be saved as self-driving vehicles will eliminate human error – fatigue, distractions, impairments and so on – from the equation.

    Nvidia’s new Pegasus system will be available to automotive partners in the second half of 2018.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,150   +4,223

    First three words of title: Aw yeah, new graphics cards!

    Very next word: -_-
  3. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Booster Posts: 94   +60

    Someone tell them we want graphics cards, not self driving cars!
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,287   +1,054

    Don't get me wrong Nvidia, it is a very impressive piece of kit, also seems extremely expensive. Are car manufacturers even going to be able to buy these without adding £5000 to the price? I also feel we are still a long way off Full Autonomous Driving, Or at least, here in the UK.

    Slowing down in the GPU area is fine with me, Gives game makers some time to optimize their engines for DX12 and gives AMD a chance to catch up! At the moment, Nvidia would just be competing with themselves and so anything new they release will just be more expensive.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    "The graphics card maker claims the system is capable of delivering over 320 trillion operations per second which is more than 10 times as powerful as its predecessor".
    If they changed the wording to 320 trillion instructions per second then it would make the unit about 10X less powerful than the average woman.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    Who's this "we" you mentioned?
  7. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 584   +267

    Ehm, what?! They are the current KotH, doing great with gaming market. There are company divisions, you know; they can do projects in parallel with different engineering groups, you know...

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