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Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz team for self-driving cars

25 June 2020
Beginning in 2024, all new Mercedes-Benz vehicles will include the software-based self-driving car platform based on Nvidia technology. Source: Nvidia

Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia have signed an agreement to create an in-vehicle computing system and artificial intelligence (AI) computing infrastructure to enable automated driving functions.

Beginning in 2024, the infrastructure will be rolled out across the fleet of next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the companies said.

The software-defined architecture will be built on Nvidia’s DRIVE platform and will be standard in Mercedes-Benz vehicles enabling automated driving functions. One feature of the software will be the ability to automate driving of regular routes from address to address as well as upgrades that will be done over-the-air as more functions become available.

Every future Mercedes-Benz vehicle that comes equipped with a Nvidia Drive system will come with a team of AI and software engineers to refine and enhance the car over its lifetime.

The infrastructure will be powered by the Nvidia system-on-chip called Nvidia Orin that is based on the recent Ampere supercomputing architecture. Nvidia Drive includes a system software stack designed for automated driving AI applications and the jointly developed architecture will include SAE Level 2 and Level 3 applications as well as automated parking functionality, which is Level 4 automation.

To develop the new models, both companies will use Nvidia Drive infrastructure solutions to enable data-driven development and deep neural network development to handle the requirements of the regions and operational domains where the cars will be available.

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