NVIDIA released their new mobile processor and connected vehicle suite at CES 2015 a couple of weeks ago and boy was it a doozy. Their new connected car technology is the most complete of any electronics manufacturer and serves to push how we drive into a new era. There is a huge and almost confusing amount technology they plan to incorporate into future vehicles and we want to show you what’s what.
At the heart of NVIDIA’s connected car is their Tegra X1 Visual Computing Module. The X1 integrates an octa-core ARM-CPU, 256 CUDA core Maxwell GPU as well as separate audio, video and image processors. The clock speed of the CPU is 1 GHz and supports LPDDR4 RAM while power consumption is a fraction of the typical CPU.
While the Tegra X1 is the brains of the operation the NVIDIA PX and CX are clearly the good looks, a bit like the gorgeous blonde that happens to have multiple Phd’s.
The NVIDIA CX automotive cockpit platform was created in a single DIN form factor that’s scalable from basic to premium set-ups. CX provides an economically efficient way for auto manufacturers to incorporate immersive 3D environments for GPS and vehicle positioning while parking or backing up.
NVIDIA’s PX Auto-Pilot Car Computer is complementary to the CX platform in that it can process video feeds from up to twelve 2-megapixel exterior cameras and run video on in-car displays at 60 frames per second. Based on the Tegra X1 chipset and featuring 10GB of DRAM memory, there are a few more tricks that the PX can pull out of its hat.
One of those tricks is something called Deep Learning Computer Vision. What this is, is the ability to actually see vehicles and pedestrians around the vehicle and differentiate threats. From a parked car to one that is about to pull out in front of you or an emergency vehicle you should move from in front of, it will inform the driver of what it sees. The second trick the PX can perform is that of self-parking capabilities. It builds a 3D map of objects nearby in real time while communicating to other various vehicle systems.
Lastly, NVIDIA has their Jetson Pro and NVIDIA Drive Studio available to auto manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and approved developers. The Jetson Pro is a complete in-car development kit in a single-DIN format much like the PX they offer. With features like a 64 GB mSATA hard drive, touchscreen display, Tegra VCM and WiFi and Bluetooth it’s a streamlined hardware and software package. Drive Studio complements Jetson Pro by giving manufacturers design teams the ability to create innovative, informative and stunningly beautiful gauge clusters and infotainment displays.
As auto manufacturers begin to implement NVIDIA’s tech, we’ll see better connected cars that are safer than ever.