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Volkswagen Partners with NVIDIA on AI for Future Vehicles

Volkswagen Partners with NVIDIA on AI for Future Vehicles

Author: Eric Walz   

LAS VEGAS -- NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang took to the stage at a CES press event last night to announce that NVIDIA is working with Volkswagen on AI for its future vehicle lineup.

At the event, the two companies shared their vision for how AI and deep learning will shape the development of a new generation of intelligent Volkswagen vehicles using the NVIDIA DRIVE IX platform to create new cockpit experiences and improve safety.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and NVIDIA's Huang discussed on how AI is transforming the automotive industry and highlighted the new I.D. Buzz, Volkswagen's modern reinvention of the iconic VW MicroBus, with an electric powertrain and infused with AI technology for the cockpit and self-driving.

"Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car," Diess said. "Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future."

"In just a few years, every new vehicle will be expected to have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality," Huang said. "Volkswagen's work with NVIDIA DRIVE IX technology will make that a reality. Together, we are building a new generation of cars that are safer, more enjoyable to ride in than anything that has come before, and accessible to everyone."

The NVIDIA DRIVE IX Intelligent Experience platform is a software development kit for creating AI-enabled applications such as facial recognition for automatically unlocking and opening the vehicle, surround perception to alert the driver to potential hazards, gesture recognition for user controls, natural language understanding for flawless voice control, and gaze tracking for driver distraction alerts.

The VW I.D. Buzz will use DRIVE IX technology to create "Intelligent Co-Pilot" applications, which will include convenience and assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the car. The systems can be enhanced throughout the life of the vehicle via software updates, and can gain new capabilities as further developments are made in autonomous driving. Thanks to deep learning, the car of the future will learn to accurately assess situations and analyze the behavior of others on the road, enabling it to make the right decisions.

The I.D. Buzz is part of the I.D. family with which Volkswagen will launch its electric car campaign and gradually introduce autonomous driving starting in 2020. More than 20 fully electric vehicle models are planned by 2025, as the automaker works toward its goal of becoming the world leader in this area.

These new models are based on the completely new MEB car architecture that is consistently geared toward zero-emission, digital mobility and making use of the electric drive's overall package benefits.

Future VW models based on the MEB architecture will offer the very latest assistance systems and will be prepared for the respective levels of autonomous driving that are available. The MEB electronic systems will also be gradually introduced to vehicles with conventional drive systems that are based on the MQB architecture.

Eric Walz
Eric Walz
Originally from New Jersey, Eric is an automotive and technology reporter specializing in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Eric has over fifteen years of automotive experience and a B.A. in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the automotive industry and beyond. He has worked on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology. Outside of work, Eric likes to travel to new places, play guitar, and explore the outdoors.
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