A few years back, when the dream and vision of a driverless car seemed impossible, but not anymore! With the up-gradation of technology by every passing day, this dream seems more real. We know that Tesla is already in the game.
Now, we have a new addition to this list. If reports are to be believed, then German automobile company Mercedes and American Technology Company Nvidia Corporation have joined hands to build software-defined vehicles that are enabled with autonomous features! Yes, that’s right!
The architecture of the software is based on Nvidia’s Drive AGX Orin System On Chip (SoC) platform. The AGX Orin has around 17 billion transistors, which carry out some 200 trillion operations per second. Although it is an open system, the cars will be loaded with software exclusively designed for Mercedes. The vehicles equipped with the software will receive over-the-air software updates.
According to the CEO and founder of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, they want to bring about a change in the way cars are owned. He wants to make the vehicles “software programmable and continuously upgradeable via over the air updates.”
Ola Kallenius, the Chairman of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz, says that with the help of Nvidia, Mercedes will pave the way for autonomous driving. And the over the air updates will only add to the safety, value, and the joy of owning a Mercedes-Benz.
Jensen Huang and Ola Kallenius have announced that the software will permit Level Two (where the driver is assisted by the car) and Level Three (where the driver can shift his focus to other things while the car drives itself) autonomy. The duo said that the system would have an automated parking function as well. Nvidia And Mercedes To Roll Out Software-Defined Autonomous Vehicles By 2024!
These autonomous vehicles will start rolling-out in 2024 and will be continuously “developed, refined, and enhanced throughout its lifetime.”