Manufacturer Nvidia has announced its newest computing platform for standalone vehicles. According to The Verge, the company claims that its new system, called Pegasus, can be used on level 5 self-drive cars, which means the vehicle is fully autonomous with no steering wheels, pedals or mirrors.
The new iteration of the Drive PX platform will provide more than 320 trillion operations per second, which is more than 10 times the processing power of the predecessor GPU. The platform uses an artificial intelligence algorithm-based operating system and a high-definition 3D cloud-based map to help the car understand its environment, know its location and anticipate potential hazards while driving. The system software can also be upgraded via wireless, similar to smartphones, making the car smarter over time.
Supercomputers are an important part of developing autonomous cars because they are responsible for processing all the data, images and audios captured by the vehicles’ sensors and cameras. In addition, all this processing must be done with various levels of redundancy to ensure the highest level of security.
Currently, cars without a driver that do not require any human intervention are only theoretical, and those that are available in the market or being tested by the automakers vary between levels 2 and 3.
Nvidia, which partners with companies such as Baidu, Toyota, Audi, Tesla and Volvo, plans to start shipping Pegasus to the automakers from the second half of 2018.