Nvidia Working with Tesla on Autonomous Driving Hardware

While there’s been speculation about Tesla working with Nvidia on its new fully autonomous driving hardware, now it’s official.

Tesla Motors has announced that all Tesla vehicles — Model S, Model X, and the upcoming Model 3 — will now be equipped with a “supercomputer” through Nvidia’s Drive PX 2 AI computing platform, according to the Nvidia website and reported by Inside EVs.

The supercomputer will deliver 40 times the processing power over the previous system. It will run “a Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar, and radar processing,” according to Nvidia.

Nvidia said that Drive PX 2 is an open artificial intelligence (AI) computing platform that helps automakers and tier 1 suppliers accelerate production of autonomous vehicles. Nvidia offerings range from AutoCruise features to the AI supercomputer capable of autonomous driving.

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While Tesla Motors must go through the lengthy inspection process through federal agencies, the company is prepared to go into production on new Model S and Model X models and the Model 3 next year. Nvidia said that its Drive PX 2 is in full production to meet Tesla’s requirements of generating thousands of uits each month for the Model S and Model X, a volume that could hit the tens of thousands per month when the Model 3 starts assembly.

Nividia’s website says that its “deep learning platform” helps automakers “first train their own deep neural networks on GPU supercomputers.” Once loaded into cars, the systems processes the networks at high-speed and provides real-time, accurate response that will be needed for autonomous vehicles.

Some of the speculation about Nividia working with Tesla on its fully automated hardware came from an Nvidia video published on YouTube last month. The video shows the demonstration car using AI computing to learn on its own to safely steer by observing human drivers.

Inside EVs