Nvidia powers first Level 3 autonomy production car
The A8, says Nvidia, is “packed” with its technologies, including “new user interfaces, a new infotainment system, a new virtual cockpit, and new rear seat entertainment options.” In particular, says the company, its technologies are behind the A8’s AI Traffic Jam Pilot.
For use on stop-and-go crowded divided highways, the Level 3 “eyes off” assist system will allow a driver to safely turn their attention away from driving tasks, as long as they remain prepared to take over if necessary. It uses a laser scanner combined with cameras to drive autonomously, scanning the entire area in front of the car.
Sensor data is processed in the car’s Nvidia-powered central driver assistance controller at the rate of 2.5 billion inputs per second. Engaged by the press of an AUDI AI button on the center console, the Traffic Jam Pilot can be enabled at speeds up to 60 km (~37 miles) per hour, and provides visual and auditory alerts to prompt the driver when once traffic congestion dissipates.
The A8’s MIB+ infotainment system also features Nvidia technology. According to the company, its products power the system’s touch screens, second-generation virtual cockpit, and rear seat system with Audi tablets and display controller.
According to reports, the A8 features a total of six Nvidia processors. The A8 is scheduled to ship in Europe in late fall, and expected to be available in the U.S. in late spring 2018.
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