Mercedes-Benz joins Nvidia to build self-driving platform for 2024 fleet

Yolanda Curtis
August 5, 2020

"That needs to dovetail into what we call software-driven architecture, to be able to (with high computing power) add use cases for the customer, this case the driving assistant autonomous space".

NVIDIA's solution will enable numerous current self-driving features from other autonomous cars like advanced driver assist systems, autopilot, and driverless parking.

"Every future Mercedes-Benz with the Nvidia DRIVE system will come with a team of expert AI and software engineers continuously developing, refining and enhancing the vehicle over its lifetime", says Huang. As the technology and regulatory framework develop, it will be possible for every vehicle to be updated over-the-air to enable new automated driving functions. Customers will be able to purchase and add capabilities, software applications and subscription services through software updates during the life of the vehicle, the statement said.

(Pocket-lint) - Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Nvidia to bring high-end, intelligent computing to its next-generation cars from 2024.

Among the planned software updates will be the ability to enter an address via the navigation system and the Mercedes vehicle will be able to drive autonomously to the destination. Back in 2017, at CES, NVIDIA and Mercedes-Benz made public a new joint venture into the AI vehicle technology.

The computing system will be built with Nvidia's next-generation hardware known as Orin. Carmakers will need to ensure the revenue stream from those software updates is sufficient to make up for lower vehicle turnover. The whole Nvidia Drive platform features a certain software stack that features automated driving along with AI applications that also include DriveWorks, Mapping, Perception, and also Planning.

Mercedes says that the hardware/software solution will provide Level 2 and Level 3 autonomy, along with automated parking functionality that scales up to Level 4. Both companies will develop the AI that includes applications with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers, that determine the level of automation) up to level 4 and automatic parking up to level 4. Level 5 is the stage where cars can operate without a human on board.

Their system will continue to evolve and get better as self-driving technology improves in the years ahead. German automaker Mercedes has announced a new partnership under which the company will source a new chipset from NVIDIA. It will also give Mercedes Benz vehicles the same OTA updates that Tesla offers. Other companies like Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo, and even Tesla are using this technology in their smart and self-driving cars.

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