Computer chip whizz Nvidia has presented its next generation artificial intelligence computer, codenamed Pegasus, a supercomputer designed with Level 5 driverless vehicle duties in mind.
According to the company, the Pegasus is powerful enough to allow for vehicles using it perform everyday duties potentially without conventional controls like pedals or a steering wheel – and interested parties will get access to the Pegasus in the latter half of 2018. Now on to the technical speak – Nvidia claims over 320 trillion operations per second, which is about 10 times more than the company’s current Nvidia Drive PX 2 AI computer. This means it will cope with a terabyte of bandwidth each second – the chip bundles four AI processors working together, and there are connections for 16 high-speed sensors like cameras, radar, lidar, or ultrasonic units.
Nvidia is currently one of the most important companies in the autonomous and connected car fields – with 225 clients using its Drive PX platform as the basis for autonomous vehicle development. Of these, 25 of them are specifically focusing on autonomous taxis. Level 5 autonomous driving is technically possible today – albeit it’s not dimensionally ready for commercial operation. Pegasus meanwhile cuts down the clutter to roughly the size of a license plate, “The breakthrough AI computing performance and efficiency of Pegasus is crucial for the industry to realize this vision,” explained Jensen Huang, Nvidia founder and CEO. The company also announced a collaboration with Deutsche Post DHL and ZF for the testing of autonomous delivery trucks in 2018.