Toyota to Work With Nvidia Corp on Autonomous Vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp and Nvidia Corp announced a joint venture on Wednesday, with the Japanese carmaker planning to use Nvidia’s artificial intelligence framework for the development of self-driven vehicles. These vehicles will be hitting the roads in years to come.
Nvidia has been at the forefront of the gaming industry and is known for designing graphics processing chips. In the recent years, Nvidia has been working as a key player in the automotive sector to provide the “brain” of autonomous vehicles.
Nvidia, which is also in a partnership with Audi as well as Mercedes, has been one of the most popular tech partners in the self-driven car race. The partnership with Toyota is the latest alliance the company has built since Toyota is the biggest carmaker in the Japan.
Nvidia’s Drive PX supercomputer works to fuse incoming information from the car’s hardware like cameras and radar and then processes it using AI to help the car understand and react to environment and scenarios.
Toyota had set up a U.S.-based Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in its goal of focusing on artificial intelligence and robotics, thus, envisioning a dual phase development in the autonomous technology. Toyota is also working on the development of self-driving cars and a “guardian angel” technology that will require human input and hence be dependent on the drivers for some parts.