Nvidia joins forces with Bosch to develop a self-driving car computer

Bosch and Nvidia self-driving car computer
Two major suppliers are teaming up on a new piece of hardware for self-driving cars.

Bosch claims to be the world’s largest automotive supplier, and wants to be a bigger player in the autonomous-driving game. Nvidia already supplies the computing hardware to some companies for their prototype self-driving cars. Together, Bosch and Nvidia hope to develop a system that, Nvidia claims, will have some degree of artificial intelligence.

A new self-driving car computer will be developed by Bosch, but will be based on Nvidia’s Drive PX system, including the Xavier “super chip,” which Nvidia claims will enable AI capabilities. Nvidia says the Xavier chip is very powerful, which is necessary to handle the vast amount of computations a self-driving car needs to perform just to maintain awareness of its surroundings and keep moving.

“Using [the] Drive PX AI car computer, Bosch will build automotive-grade systems for the mass production of autonomous cars,” Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said following the announcement of the partnership at the Bosch Connected World conference in Berlin.

AI is cropping up more in discussions of autonomous cars because it could solve a major problem with the technology. Self-driving cars will likely need to make decisions on the fly, rather than responding to preprogrammed instructions, as today’s prototypes do for the most part. That’s because there may simply be too many variables for programmers to anticipate. However, it is still unclear whether companies can deliver a computer that’s as adaptable as a human driver in the real world.

Previous versions of Nvidia’s Drive PX system developed independently of Bosch are getting some real-world tests. Volvo uses the system in its prototype self-driving cars, and Nvidia is the hardware supplier for Roborace’s autonomous race cars. Roborace unveiled a slick-looking race-car design last month, but so far it has only conducted small-scale tests with prototypes.


If the speed of AMD’s Radeon RX 590 doesn’t entice you, the game bundle will

AMD's Radeon RX 590 is a new video card that targets 1080p gaming at maximum detail. Starting at $280, it fills a gap between the Radeon RX 580 and the more expensive Radeon RX Vega. AMD says the new RX 590 can beat Nvidia's GTX 1060 Ti.

Many adults believe fully self-driving cars are already traversing U.S. highways

The American Automobile Association tested cars with features such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control and found them lacking in real-world conditions. Forty percent of surveyed U.S. adults think self-driving cars exist now.

Study suggests autonomous cars could become red-light districts on wheels

Fully autonomous cars can change the way we commute, but they can also have a far-reaching impact on the tourism industry. Two researchers published a study that outlines how self-driving technology could create a new dimension in tourism.

Roborace wants human drivers and machines to work together

Roborace believes the future of racing is autonomous, but it's keeping human drivers in the picture for now. For its first race season, Roborace will use a car called DevBot 2.0 that can be driven by humans or machines.

These headlights have 4 color settings to help save lives under all conditions

Boslla headlights are an easy-to-install solution to achieve all-weather lighting for your vehicle. After a quick ten-minute install, these lights have up to four settings to get you through anything.

Car parts maker ZF is using drones to deliver components to its factories

ZF recently became the first entity in Germany to receive approval to use drones to deliver spare parts, and the company now uses them to deliver parts from its central warehouses to its workshops.

The DBX SUV will go where no Aston Martin has gone before

When it launches in 2019, the Aston Martin DBX will be the British automaker's first SUV. In the meantime, camouflaged DBX prototypes will undergo strenuous testing around the world.

Ford teams up with Walmart to study consumer response to autonomous delivery

Last week it was Ford and VW, and this week Ford and Walmart are signaling a desire to work together on autonomous vehicles solutions. Ford and the giant retailer will study consumer reactions to self-driving delivery vehicles.

Our favorite fuel-efficient cars are as frugal as they are fun

You don't need to opt for a hybrid or an all-electric ride in order to achieve good fuel economy. These vehicles pack both performance and style, whether you're in the market for a luxury sedan or a game-changing pickup truck.

Out of juice? Learn how to jump-start a car with this quick guide

Jumping a car is a simple procedure, but not everyone knows how to properly do so. To make things easier, we've put together a quick-hit guide on how to fire up your vehicle using jumper cables and a second power source.

Born to run (forever): The most reliable cars you can buy right now

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available.

Prep your car for the coming snow and sleet with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits.
DT Daily

DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's episode of DT Daily, we discuss Waymo's foray into the ridesharing sector, along with various tips for making the most of the recently launched Fallout 76. We also sit down with singer Racella to chat about her new EP, Waves.

Want to keep connected on the road? Here are 5 ways to add Bluetooth to your car

The best way to make an old ride feel young again is to bring it up speed with the 21st century. Here's how to properly add Bluetooth to your vehicle, via independent kits, vehicle adapters, or aftermarket head units.