Continental, NVIDIA to produce ‘computer on wheels’ by 2021

Continental and NVIDIA have partnered to create Artificial Intelligence (AI) self-driving vehicle systems based on the NVIDIA DRIVE platform, by 2021. The partnership will enable the development of AI computer systems that scale from automated Level 2 features through full Level 5 self-driving capabilities, where the vehicle has no steering wheel or pedals.

Dedicated engineering teams from each company will work together to develop self-driving solutions based on the NVIDIA DRIVE platform, which includes NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, the world’s highest performance system-on-a-chip, as well as the NVIDIA DRIVE OS (operating system) and DRIVE AV (autonomous vehicle) software stacks. The solutions will utilize Continental´s experience in system and software engineering for ASIL D rated safety and integrate a range of Continental sensors technologies, including Radar, Camera and High-Resolution 3D LiDAR.

“The vehicle of the future will be a sensing, planning and acting computer on wheels. The complexity of autonomous driving requires nothing less than the full computational horsepower of an AI supercomputer. Together with NVIDIA, we will deliver the complete AI self-driving solution, from the cloud to the car. In doing so, we ensure the performance and flexibility required to achieve new levels of safety, comfort and personalized driving of future vehicles,” said Continental CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart. “

“We now have all the key elements in place to take AI self-driving cars from development to mass production. Our newly arrived DRIVE Xavier processor, extensive NVIDIA DRIVE software, and cloud-to-car approach for testing, validation and functional safety, combined with Continental’s expertise and global reach, will bring autonomous cars to the world,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA.

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