Mercedes-Benz, one of the oldest and most popular car manufacturers and division of Daimler AG, and NVIDIA, one of the global leaders in the gaming market, are taking a huge step by teaming up and creating a new generation of software-defined cars. Working together, both major companies plan to create a revolutionary in-vehicle computing software and AI computing infrastructure. They seek to embed a high-powered processor to power the software of all Mercedes cars, starting in 2024.
The most sophisticated and advanced car technology
Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz joined Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, to make the announcement about their collaboration at a digital event that took place on June 23, 2020. Both Mercedes and NVIDIA will develop an innovative and cutting-edge technology ever deployed in a vehicle. This technology will allow original software to be updated and new software to be downloaded in a car. Therefore, it will allow a 20-year-old car to have an advanced technology inside.
Both CEOs said that the new software-defined architecture will be developed on the NVIDIA DRIVE platform and will become standard in the Mercedes-Benz new-generation cars. It will enable an ultra-modern automated driving experience. The main feature of this technology will be the ability to automate the driving of regular routes from address to address. Moreover, there will be plenty of safety and convenience features. With this technology, customers will be able to purchase features, software applications, and subscription services through software updates. The companies added that thousands of engineers in Silicon Valley and Germany will be dedicated to developing high-tech car software.
The new-generation NVIDIA chip
Huang said that the company is excited to work with Mercedes and sees it as the perfect partner for creating innovative solutions. As he explained, the chip that is the foundation of this software is the next-generation NVIDIA Drive AGX Orin. This chip will have multiple processing engines for high-performance, artificial intelligence, sensors, and energy-efficient computing. Furthermore, the chip will be able to process 200 trillion operations per second. Huang described the chip that it will be able to solve problems that computers can’t.
On the other hand, Källenius said that the company is delighted to collaborate with NVIDIA. This platform will become an efficient system in the future Mercedes cars. In addition, he said that these new capabilities from the new technology will be downloaded from the cloud and will improve safety to the cars.
The main focus of the new technology will be on safety. As the technology and regulatory framework will develop, it will be possible for the Mercedes-Benz cars to be updated with new automated driving functions. To develop this technology, both companies will use NVIDIA DRIVE Infrastructure solutions for enabling data-driven development and deep neural network development. This will allow them to successfully handle the requirements of the regions where the cars will be sold.
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Source: Daimler press release