Uber, Volkswagen to Use Nvidia’s Chips for Self-driven Cars


Published Date : Jan 08, 2018

Nvidia Corp. is trying to expand its industry-leading technology for graphics chip into newer areas, said Uber Technologies Inc. And Volkswagen AG will make use of its expertise in artificial intelligence to help getting self-driven cars on the roads.

Uber, the biggest ride-hailing company across the globe, will utilize processors and software of Nvidia for its upcoming fleet of self-driven cares, according to the Chief Executive Officer of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang, who was speaking at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas on Sunday. Volkswagen will use the Nvidia technology to create an intelligent co-pilot system, the companies said, and Herbert Diess, the VW brand chief, joined Huang on the stage.

Nvidia is planning the tie-ups as a path to claim the leadership in the increasing competition among the component manufacturers for whose technology will have maximum dominance in the field of self-driving cars. Rival chip manufacturers such as Qualcomm Inc. and Intel Corp have also said that their respective technologies will be a key component in the new systems. Meanwhile auto-manufacturers have announced associations and tie-ups with multiple companies as they seek to find out the best ways to remove the need for drivers.

Since 2015 Uber has been carrying out trials on self-driving cars and has finished 50,000 passenger trips more than 2 million autonomous miles. Uber started using chips of Nvidia in its first test fleet consisting Volvo SUVs, the companies announced.

The companies however declined to comment on the financial details of this partnership regarding self-driven cars.