Toyota will use Nvidia's Drive PX platform to power its self-driving cars

midian182

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Artificial Intelligence and vehicle technology helped Nvidia achieve better-than-expected financial results last quarter. Now, the chipmaker is pushing harder into these fields, announcing a partnership with Toyota Motor Corp that will see the Japanese car manufacturer use Nvidia’s AI systems in its upcoming self-driving cars.

Speaking at the company's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said Toyota would be producing autonomous vehicles using Nvidia’s Drive PX artificial intelligence platform, which is powered by its Xavier SoC, “in the next few years.” Like most auto firms with self-driving programs, 2020 or 2021 seems to be the target production date Toyota is aiming for.

Nvidia’s automotive processor revenue, which makes up its Tegra processor business, brought in a record $140 million during the last quarter. While the company is best known for its gaming GPUs, it’s becoming a major player in the self-driving car industry, and already has partnerships with Audi, Tesla, Volvo, Mercedes, and others.

"Transportation is the atomic Internet, the physical Internet," said Huang. "Every aspect of mobility and transportation and delivery will be augmented by AI."

The companies didn’t go into specifics about the terms of the partnership, such as which Toyota vehicles will use the systems, but Nvidia will no doubt be pleased that it has joined forces with one the world’s largest car manufacturers.

The Drive PX 2 systems fuse information taken from cameras, lidar, radar, and ultrasonic sensors. Its algorithms use the data to understand and respond to environment around the car.

"We're talking about not just development now but the introduction of vehicles into the market," said Danny Shapiro, Nvidia's senior director of automotive. "Now we have the biggest (automaker) in Japan using our Drive PX platform."

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VitalyT

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I haven't seen anything good coming from Toyota in the last 15 years. An AI? Please!

Top models of any car company speak for what the company is. For Toyota it is their Land Cruiser / Lexus 570, with 5.7L V8 that delivers a measly 380hp, while eating 25 liters per 100km, and pushes the car to 100 in 11 seconds. That engine is straight from the 90-s. Toyota's top model, a $150k monster - LOL.

Yeah, stick an AI into that, and smoke it!
 
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Uncle Al

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Oh, I don't think I would agree with that .... my 2008 Camry was top of the line ..... but since then, I know there have been a lot of legitimate complaints, especially after they expanded so many plants in the US. ......
 
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davislane1

I haven't seen anything good coming from Toyota in the last 15 years. An AI? Please!

Top models of any car company speak for what the company is. For Toyota it is their Land Cruiser / Lexus 570, with 5.7L V8 that delivers a measly 380hp, while eating 25 liters per 100km, and pushes the car to 100 in 11 seconds. That engine is straight from the 90-s. Toyota's top model, a $150k monster - LOL.

Yeah, stick an AI into that, and smoke it!

Hardly. Toyota's bread and butter is economy class cars like the Camry, not high-end luxury (which are niche products in their lineup). That's like saying Honda can't be taken seriously because you don't like the NSX.
 

Theinsanegamer

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Toyota cant even figure out the AI in the tacoma's transmission, now they want full fledged AI?

What happened to the toyota that made simple, easy to repair vehicles that were indestructible?
 

namesrejected

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What happened to the toyota that made simple, easy to repair vehicles that were indestructible?

That's with every car maker. I'm a mechanic for an electrical contractor that has a fleet of many newer trucks, all Chevy with the 6.6 Duramax. I have had complaints from some crews that the blend door will not come off of defrost. The truck has to go back to the dealer because the blend door has to be flashed! ITS A FREAKING BLEND DOOR!!! WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE COMPUTERIZED!!!
 
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davislane1

That's with every car maker. I'm a mechanic for an electrical contractor that has a fleet of many newer trucks, all Chevy with the 6.6 Duramax. I have had complaints from some crews that the blend door will not come off of defrost. The truck has to go back to the dealer because the blend door has to be flashed! ITS A FREAKING BLEND DOOR!!! WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE COMPUTERIZED!!!

Had to get a key flashed for a 2006 Mitsubishi endeavor four years ago.

$200 to the dealer.

That's why everything is computerized these days.
 

erickmendes

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As soon as they standarlize Autonomous Driving, the car makers are going to stick to the most cost effective processor needed, as it happens on most commodity systems...