Roborace 2016: Nvidia to Power Driverless Race Cars

Image by Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon / Roborace Ltd.

Nvidia is not only cooking up ideas to release the most powerful graphic cards for PC consumers, it is also busy developing some innovations for the automotive scene.

The company noted its exploration in the field of promoting autonomous tech for cars last year. This year, they are stepping up the game by designing driverless cars for racing.

Engadget just reported the story about the new tech that is being developed by Nvidia. During the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that Nvidia will be powering some of the custom cars that will be competing in the upcoming Roborace, a part of the Formula E ePrix racing series where there are no drivers inside the racing cars. The race aims to combine the intrigue of robot competition with earth-friendly alternative energy.

The said cars will be powered by the Nvidia Drive PX 2 liquid-cooled supercomputers. The race will have 10 teams that will compete with each other and each will have two driverless cars that will compete in one-hour races.

The Drive PX 2 will have supercomputer performance, which is important for quick thinking situations during a race. To catch up with that amount of speed, the supercomputer has 24 trillion operations per second for the AI applications and the size of the Drive PX 2 is as big as a typical lunch box.

To compare its performance, the Drive PX 2 has the processing power of 150 MacBook Pros, which can handle input data from sensors in radar, lidar, camera, GPS and other high-definition mappings. Its aim is to lead safer and smarter cars for everyone to use in the future.

According to their press release, Nvidia will be calling their driverless cars Deep Green as a reference for deep learning and energy-efficient AI computing.

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