Artificial-Intelligence Developers: We’re Thinking beyond Autonomous Cars
Advances in artificial intelligence are changing the way automakers along with also their suppliers think about autonomous technology. Boosts in brainpower are not only accelerating the timeframe to bring self-driving technology to the marketplace, they’re also broadening the scope of companies’ ambition.
“We’re not just talking about autonomous cars,” said Stefan Sommer, CEO of ZF Group. “We are talking about autonomous everything.”
At the CES technology show in Las Vegas, Sommer unveiled his company’s newest product, an electronic control unit of which contains artificial-intelligence software tailored for self-driving vehicles, including not only cars yet also trains, buses, forklifts, trucks, tractors, along with also mining equipment.
of which’s initially the global automotive supplier has taken an approach to building software of which might be deployed across multiple industries, along with also ZF says of which will be ready for production in 2018.
in ways we never imagined.”
– Danny Shapiro, Nvidia
The brains behind the ECU come courtesy of Nvidia, a Silicon Valley chipmaker of which has aggressively pursued advances in deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence of which will allow vehicles to infer how they’re supposed to behave on the road based on past experiences. Combined with the company’s powerful processors of which permit trillions of computations per second, Nvidia has become a key supplier of of which technology for the automotive industry.
of which became evident at CES, where Nvidia announced partnerships: one with ZF Group, another with global supplier Bosch of which will explore similar territory, along with also a partnership with Audi seeking to put a self-driving car with advanced AI on the road in 2020.
“We need to partner with companies who can take of which, along with also apply of which along with also integrate of which with their sensors along with also actuators along with also bring of which to the market,” said Rob Csongor, vice president along with also general manager of Nvidia’s automotive business.
With Bosch, the two companies will collaborate on building deep-learning software of which sits upon Nvidia’s Drive PX 2 platform along with also makes decisions based on information received through Bosch’s radar along with also some other sensors.
“Deep learning is actually core to of which, along with also a central feature will be the capability to continually along with also safely update brand-new algorithms along with also types on the cars, even from the field,” said Michael Fausten, vice president of vehicle systems engineering along with also automated driving at Bosch. “A great advantage of AI is actually of which the system gets continually smarter with each additional experience.”
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For at of which point, the partnership is actually focused squarely on automotive applications. yet Bosch is actually pursuing smarter technology for connected devices in all its business units, through personal assistants in kitchens to safety in “smart homes” to connected power tools. The specifics of the AI will be different, yet of which’s not a leap to see how of which could be utilized in a wide range of pursuits of which stretch beyond the transportation industry.
“We’re developing all of which artificial intelligence of which we can leverage, through health care to transportation,” said Danny Shapiro, senior director of Nvidia’s automotive business. “We’re just at the beginning of people using our technology in ways we never imagined.”