Toyota First in Line for Nvidia Development System
Silicon Valley-based Nvidia Corp. is introducing a new simulation tool to aid the development and testing of automated driving technologies.
Under a new agreement, Toyota Motor Corp.’s Toyota Research Institute will be the first user of Nvidia’s cloud-based Drive Constellation platform. The system uses artificial intelligence and deep learning, which the partners say will allow them to simulate billions of miles of driving in challenging scenarios.
Constellation is comprised of two servers, enabling so-called hardware-in-the-loop testing. One server generates sensor outputs from virtual car simulations, while the other server processes the data. Users can add their own vehicle model specifications, sensor configurations and traffic scenarios into the testing parameters.
Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”
While there is a burgeoning proliferation of companies that are in the LiDAR space, each with its own take on utilizing laser pulses to create a precise map of its surroundings for purposes of ADAS or full-blown automation, a Seattle-based company has a distinction that certainly sets it apart from its competitors.