Deep learning technology will enable skilled handling of real-road complexities to create safer automated vehicles earlier, according to Audi.
Audi and NVIDIA are longtime partners, merging automotive engineering and visual computing technologies on Audi products such as Audi MMI navigation and the Audi virtual cockpit. Later this year Audi, will introduce the world’s first Level 3 automated vehicle equipped with a first-generation central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, that integrates NVIDIA computing hardware and software.
“NVIDIA is pioneering the use of deep learning AI to revolutionize transportation,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Audi's adoption of our DRIVE computing platform will accelerate the introduction of next-generation automated vehicles, moving us closer to a future of greater driving safety and new mobility services."
Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, and Huang announced their companies’ collaboration during the opening keynote of CES 2017.
To showcase their progress, Audi and NVIDIA developed an Audi Q7 piloted driving concept vehicle, which uses neural networks and end-to-end deep learning on NVIDIA’s artificial intelligence platform to navigate a complex course. The vehicle learns from both the road and the driver in every mile it travels and can handle unpredictable situations like roadblocks, construction and changes in weather.
Audi plans to expand testing of highly automated, artificial intelligence-equipped vehicles on public roads in California and select states next year.