Nvidia suspends self-driving tests to 'learn' from Uber incident

Nichole VegaMar 28, 2018

Nvidia is temporarily suspending its self-driving vehicle tests on public roads worldwide. The statement continues, "It needs to be approached with extreme caution and the best safety technologies".

"This tragedy is exactly why we've committed ourselves to perfecting this life-saving technology". While these users could now be using TITAN V for similar workloads, as we've seen in the past, Quadro drivers generally provide big performance advantages in these sorts of applications.

Nvidia had been testing self-driving in New Jersey, Santa Clara, Calif., Japan, and Germany, the authors relate.

Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced that it has been recognized with the Americas 2017 NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) High Performance Computing (HPC) Partner of the Year Award at the 2018 NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The second contains a powerful Nvidia Drive Pegasus AI auto computer that runs the complete autonomous vehicle software stack and processes the simulated data as if it were coming from the sensors of a auto driving on the road. Uber is a customer of Nvidia's, using the chipmaker's computing platform in its fleet of self-driving cars.

Management intends to "learn from the Uber incident" and in the meantime will continue to operate and collect data from its manually-driven auto fleet.

The first server runs Nvidia Drive Sim software to simulate a self-driving vehicle's sensors, such as cameras, lidar, and radar.

The second server houses the Nvidia DRIVE Pegasus AI, which will process the gathered data as if it's coming from sensors in a self-driving auto on the road.

The simulation server is powered by Nvidia GPUs, each generating a stream of simulated sensor data, which feeds into the Drive Pegasus for processing.

Key advancements to the NVIDIA platform - which has been adopted by every major cloud-services provider and server maker - include a 2x memory boost to NVIDIA® Tesla® V100, the most powerful datacenter GPU, and a revolutionary new GPU interconnect fabric called NVIDIA NVSwitch™, which enables up to 16 Tesla V100 GPUs to simultaneously communicate at a record speed of 2.4 terabytes per second.

At the same time it's announcing the cessation of real-world testing, Nvidia also unveiled a new system for testing self-driving cars, one that takes place in a virtual rather than real-world environment. Nvidia will suspend its autonomous vehicle testing in public roads for a limited time. On Monday, Arizona officials pulled the self-driving program from operating in the state indefinitely.

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